You can train as hard or as heavy as you want – if you’re not eating enough (or the right foods) or recovering properly, you’re not going to grow.

One of the biggest questions that comes up regarding muscle building diets is “do I need carbs”. The short answer? Yes. The long answer? Yes, but there are a few key factors to consider.

Check out today’s post to clear things up a bit.

Video Summary:

  • Nutrition (including food and supplements) is crucial to muscle growth and recovery.
  • Carbs are a good way to gain weight fast, just be mindful of how much per day.
  • Carbs play a crucial role in performance in the gym, gaining muscle, and gaining strength (especially if you’re new to lifting weights), but you need to figure out 3 main factors before you dive into any nutrition program:
    • Amount – How many carbs do you need?
    • Quality – What are the sources? (Watch the sugar and refined carbs.)
    • Timing – What parts of the day do you eat your carbs?
  • Figure out how you’re going to structure them in your day.
    • Front Loading – eating the majority of your carbs in the morning and around your workout.
    • Evenly Spaced – divide your total number of carbs by your meals/day
    • Staggered – Higher carbs on weight training days, lower carbs on off days/conditioning days

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