While there's never a wrong time to eat carbohydrates, if you're looking to keep your energy levels up, there are moments during the day when carbs can come in handy, as well as moments when they aren't much help at all. "The best times to eat carbohydrates is first thing in the morning because you will have the whole day to use up that energy," dietitian Shana Spence, MS, RDN, CDN tells Bustle. "Carbohydrates do turn into sugar but the more complex ones will be delayed in doing so."
Unlike simple carbs, complex carbs don't cause your blood sugar to skyrocket — which can leave you feeling sluggish once it crashes back down again — but instead provide long-lasting energy, as well as important nutrients, Spence says.
That's why, aside from the timing, it's all about the types of carbs you eat when you're interested in feeling energized. "Making sure you are picking carbohydrates that are also providing fiber is important," Spence says. "Try to opt for whole grains such as quinoa, barley, farro, and of course fruits and vegetables."
These will pick you right up and keep you going, so you can bask in in hours of energy. While the morning may be a good time to eat carbs, here are the three worst times of the day to have them if you want maximum energy benefits, according to experts.