As science digs deeper into how nutrition impacts our health, more research uncovers the mythology of low-carb diets. Here’s why worrying about carbs, if you want to build muscle, is a total waste of energy.
WHY CUTTING CARBS WON’T HELP YOU BUILD MASS
The reason why cutting carbs is so ineffective is actually a lot simpler than you think. There are pretty much only two things that don’t contain any carbs at all: meat and water. Not only are you not going to chow down on chicken, salmon and beef for every single snack and meal, but you can’t. Not if you want to maintain basic biological functions.
There’s a reason you’re supposed to eat a variety of foods; you can’t get good enough nutrition from just one kind of food. You wouldn’t be able to get enough calories even if you chose to follow a low-carb diet. Calories are an important part of building muscle.
CALORIES IN… AND MORE CALORIES IN
Put simply, you can’t build mass if you don’t eat enough. You need all the macros – carbs, protein and fat – and you need a lot of them. If you’re putting yourself through intense fitness training, you’re going to burn through tons of energy – and fast. You need some calories left over for your body to use in the msucle building process after you’re done expending.
IF YOU EAT THE RIGHT CARBS, YOU’LL BE FINE
Just because you should eat more calories – and carbs – doesn’t mean you have to eat a ton of junk food to fill in the gaps. Carbs from whole foods like fruits, vegetables, animal proteins and even dairy and grains, are good for you. Some are higher in calories, but they’re good calories. At least if you compare the calories packed into a bag of chips. Don’t fall for the myth that carbs from whole foods are bad just because they’re sugar. As long as you’re eating healthy food, along with the occasional treat, you’re going to be fine.
If you want to gain muscle, eat. Don’t pay attention to the “diet experts” who say low-carb is the way to go. The more sustainable calories you eat, the more your muscles will be able to grow. It’s the combination of intense workouts and healthy eating that’s going to get results, not some fad theories about how food affects your body.