5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Separate Your Proteins And Carbs
A few things before we begin.
Busy FitBuzzers Need Protein
We speak to FitBuzzers everyday. Some have even become friends. We know that FitBuzzers are real people living real everyday lives. Which means, FitBuzzers are generally busy people. Which means that FitBuzzers won’t always have time to eat the meal plans that we set out for them.
When you are faced with an unexpected busy day, make sure you do one thing….
Eat your protein.
Staying lean, hard and sexy means that you need to have some muscle on your frame. By eating protein, you’ll prevent the breakdown of your lean muscle mass. And you’ll be saving your metabolism while you’re at it too.
On that note, try not to make it a habit to drink your calories. If you’re not getting the results that you desire, then drinking the majority of your calories could be a cause of that.
Yes, you will get busy from time to time. But those should only be tiny little blips on an otherwise trouble free radar. To avoid this, just plan your days a day in advance. Yes, I know you’ve been told that from birth, but I bet you never follow through!
Start making it a habit from today. Consistency is the key to success in this game of fitness. Eat more whole food meals!
To Combine Or Not To Combine Proteins And Carbs In The Same Meal?
The reason why people state to separate carbs and proteins:
- To avoid gastrointestinal problems
- Incomplete absorption of foods
- Crappy digestion
The ‘feeling’ better part may be somewhat true. However, just like we described in the previous post, in order achieve the best results (lean muscle, less fat), you’ll need to consume meals that have a balance of lean proteins, fibrous/starchy carbs and fat (In general).
And below, we’ll explain 6 reasons why our meal plans are structured this way…
#1 Protein ‘Keeps’ Muscle
You probably already know this, and we mentioned it earlier too. But if you skip the consumption of protein for more than 3 hours or so at a time, then you’ll risk losing muscle. More so than consuming carbs, because proteins don’t store in the same way that carbs do.
Avoid protein in your meals and your body will start drilling holes in your muscles to get what it needs to function.
#2 Eating Carbs Moves Protein
We talk about food timing in some detail in most of the related program’s here on Fit Buzz. You know, eating the right foods and the right time for maximum benefits.
And one of the best ways to efficiently put protein into your muscles is by eating carbs which releases insulin.
#3 Eating Carbs On Their Own Will Make You Feel Zapped
Spiking your insulin in order to efficiently put protein into your muscles is great. However, spiking your insulin levels by eating carbs on their own is not. Of course, you’ll eat a moderate sized meal of mostly complexed carbs in the case of protein consumption. But if you were to separate the protein, then you would risk being hit by hypoglycemia. Which causes you to crave for food, also leaving you energy zapped.
#4 Carbs Are Not The Enemy
Protein builds muscle and carbs gives you energy. Yet, people will also view the consumption of carbs for the reason why they are fat. So what do they do? They go on a high protein diet and avoid carbs.
But if you have tried this, you would have learned that this approach simply is not sustainable. You’ll feel energy zapped and you won’t look your best, regardless of how hard you train (That’s even if you manage to get a good workout).
It’s not wise to avoid carbs (Other than starchy carbs in the late hours of the day). High protein intake will only work well on a carb cycling diet, as described in the last post. But for your normal eating days, you’ll need to be eating slow digesting carbs moderately throughout the day.
#5 Protein Increases Slow Digestion
This is another bonus of consuming protein and carbs at the same time. It’s never a good thing to continuously spike your insulin levels. Eating protein with your carbs slows down the digestion of carbs. Which means you’ll create a slower output of insulin. The same goes for the consumption of fiber too.
There may be benefits to separating your carbs and proteins in terms of consumption. But not if your goal is to gain muscle and lose fat.
Everyone has different experiences and different foods and types of training affect everyone in different ways. So feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.
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