Fuel Your Workouts With White Rice

crossfit-white-riceFor the last few months I’ve been experimenting with what I’m eating. Specifically, I’ve slowly introduced more starchy carbs back into my diet in order to (hopefully) better fuel my workouts.

When I first started to eat clean the only carbs I ate were fresh veggies and, once in awhile, sweet potatoes. This definitely helped me lose weight and I’m so glad I approached it the way I did. So, if you still need to shed some pounds I definitely suggest limiting the starchy carbs you eat. And, obviously, you need to stop eating sugar… especially sugary drinks.

But, if you’re at the point where you’re happy with your weight and body composition – and you’re strenuously working out 4 to 6 days per week – you may want to experiment by adding more starchy carbs back into your diet.

Personally, I’m trying to eat a cup or two of white rice a few times per week. And I still eat the daylights out of sweet potatoes and white potatoes. To be sure, I still avoid processed sugar and primarily eat grass fed meat and fresh veggies.

Since making this change I’ve felt stronger during my workouts, which I attribute to having more glycogen in my muscles from the additional carbs. And I’m not gaining weight and my core continues to get stronger and leaner.

Now, some folks recommend eating brown rice instead of white rice since it’s technically a bit more nutritious. Unfortunately brown rice contains something called phytic acid which can cause gastrointestinal distress and nutrient mal-absorption. This phytic acid is found in the bran of the grain that gets removed during the processing white rice goes through. So, this is one time a processed food may be better for athletes to consume assuming they’re eating the rice for the glycogen.

With all this said, everyone’s body is different so if you do plan on introducing something like white rice back into your diet please do so slowly and intentionally.  You may even want to keep a log of what you’re eating and how it makes you feel during workouts. And, obviously, you’ll want to monitor your weight and body composition to make sure the needle isn’t going the wrong way.

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!


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