Staying Lean While Travelling Rule #2 : Eat lots of carbs
But— but don’t carbs make you fat? Absolutely not, I’ll explain this later in the post. But firstly, we tend to want to eat protein to make sure we don’t lose muscle right? True, losing precious muscle is the last thing we want.
But what if I told you that carbohydrates protect your muscles more than proteins? Think about it this way— why would your body want to use the protein from your muscles? We lose muscle when we either don’t have enough protein or calories in our diet. Seeing as we’re not training while travelling, our protein intake isn’t increased so it is unlikely our protein intakes are inadequate. The diet-related muscle losses is likely going to come from needing the calories. This is where carbs come in. Carbohydrates are like the zinc spray they use on boats, which gets corroded first before the actual boat metal starts to rust. As carbs are the preferred fuel source of the body, it means that it will get sacrificed first before your body turns to your muscles.
Secondly, your body has a large capacity for carbohydrate storage. There is literally a 500g buffer for carbohydrate before it gets converted to body fat. If you stick to healthy sources of carbohydrates such as fruits, starchy vegetables like potatoes, rice, pasta and bread (yes I said pasta and bread), you’re likely to get full before it gets converted to fat. By eating these whole food sources of carbohydrates, your appetite is likely to take control and restrict how many calories you actually eat.
If you’re in a tropical country, take advantage of the amazing fruits. It’s an even healthier way of staying lean with all the vitamins, minerals and fibres there are.
The bottom line is, carbohydrates are great for protecting your hard-earned muscle and you probably aren’t going to overeat calories if you’re sticking with lots of unprocessed/unrefined carbohydrates. - 3 hours ago