Coordinate Your Diet And Workout Schedules
You can optimize your workouts and your diet by eating starchy carbs on the days when you work out, and non-starchy carbs on days when you don't workout and when you only do cardio. You can get starchy carbs from foods like whole-wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and brown or wild rice. Non-starchy carbs include apples, salads, green beans, and other vegetables.
Most people's diets contain an excess of starchy carbs, and therefore, an excess of glycogen, which the body stores as fat. Therefore, you should only eat starchy carbs on days when you're going to use up all that fuel by working out. Among bodybuilders, this diet technique is known as "carb-cycling." Starchy carbs get broken down into glucose, which is the gasoline of your body - without it, muscles won't fire.
By carb-cycling, you'll ensure that your body has enough glucose on the days when it's needed for your workouts. If you don't eat high-calorie starchy carbs on the days when you're less active, your body won't turn those extra calories into fat.
Sticking to this diet and workout regimen is not only the most effective way to lose fat and gain muscle, but it also helps your body maintain optimal levels of anabolic hormones, and it's fun, too!