Do you need to eat more carbs?
Sometimes one of the key reasons you will fail to build muscle and drop body fat is because you're under eating carbohydrates believe it or not. When somebody goes into a fat loss phase it's very common to see them reduce their carbohydrate content very low, very quickly which can ultimately lead to some negative reactions taking place within the body.
However this does need to be taken in the correct context, so I will give you a full overview as to what I mean and the reasons behind it.
Carbohydrates help govern the metabolism and they are also protein sparing, which means combined with the correct diet and training programme they will at least help combat catabolism.
If you reduce overall calorific intake to the point that you're now in a calorie deficit (which you will to lose fat) and your carbohydrate intake is too low, and your protein and fats are too low then you're going to run the risk of losing muscle very quickly. Not only that but you will find that your metabolism will potentially adapt to this and slow down to help your body cope with the slower supply of energy from your diet.
The point is whilst in a calorie deficit it's even more important to make sure that you're eating enough of the right foods, you can't afford to be too harsh otherwise your results will potentially stagnate.
I'm not saying that everybody needs to have high carbs because they don't, but you do need to compensate for a lower carb diet with some form of extra essential fatty acids and protein to ensure your muscle is as best protected as possible. Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend provides a premium natural source of unprocessed, undamaged Omega 3 and 6 in a ratio that supports optimum health.
If you lose muscle quickly then you will not only suffer aesthetically, but this in itself will also suppress your metabolism because you will be carrying less metabolically active tissue.
Remember, under eating is a false economy.
Written by Neil Hill