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Carb up to fuel your workouts and help to replenish your depleted muscle glycogen levels faster after a strenuous workout.

Carb up to build muscle

Carbohydrates don’t deserve the bad rap they get as they add muscle and enhance recovery. Carb up to fuel your workouts and help to replenish your depleted muscle glycogen levels faster after a strenuous workout.

Check out these carbohydrate options to build some serious bulk and speed up recovery:

  1. Pasta

    This is your go-to choice if you want to bump up your carb intake after hitting the weights. Adding pasta to your diet can be useful and help you to bulk up in the off-season. Add tomato or vegetable-based sauces, low-fat cheese or lean meat to your pasta.

  2. Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is a great slow digesting carbohydrate and a source of lasting energy that does not usually turn into fat if it is not spent. Quality steel cut or slow cooking oatmeal is high in protein and fiber and contains no sugar.

  3. Bananas

    Bananas are great for post-workout nutrition and an easy way to get more carbs along with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. By eating a banana you up your glycogen levels and you stop your body from breaking down muscle tissue to use for energy.

  4. Vegetables

    They are great sources of fiber and synonymous with better health and performance in the gym. The colour of a vegetable signifies its array of antioxidants such as vitamins E and C, polyphenols and carotenoids. You receive the maximum benefit when you consume a full range of green, yellow, red and other colours of vegetables.

  5. Rice

    Brown rice is a slow digesting carb while white is fast digesting. White rice has been processed significantly more than brown rice making the latter more nutritious. Slow digesting carbs provide longer-lasting energy and won’t easily be stored as bodyfat. Avoid low-quality and instant rice at all costs.

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