Clients and friends always ask me questions about carbohydrates... How many grams of carbohydrates should they eat in a day? Should they avoid carbs to help them lose weight? Is there a time that is more ideal when eating carbs?
When it comes to carbs they're an important part of our nutrition and should be consumed. Diets like the Atkins completely changed the way we look(ed) at carbs and the role they play in our bodies.
The difference between a "good" carb and a "bad" carb is fiber. (Read previous post...Fabulous Fiber). You want your carbs to have 3 grams of fiber or more per serving, so this can include whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, etc.
The majority of your diet should be vegetables, fruit, and lean protein; with carbs and healthy fats in moderation.
I've read different books/studies that say you should not eat carbs after 2-3 pm. I've also read a lot on how you should just not eat carbs 2-3 hours before bed time. For my clients that are looking to lose weight then I usually recommend a dinner of veggies and lean protein, so they tend to stop eating carbs around 3 pm. The reason why there's a lot of discussion on eating carbs at night is because we get our largest dose of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) within the first hour of falling asleep. As long as our insulin levels/blood sugar levels are low then our HGH production will be at it's peak. If our blood sugar is high then it inhibits HGH.
For more info on HGH and your hormones go here.
PLF Daily Tip: Eat complex carbs sparingly, earlier in the day.