Macronutrients – Carbohydrates

18:42 Fitness 2021 0 Comments

Carbohydrates are used as an energy source by the body. They are easily converted into glucose, more easily useable by the body than if the body were to use fats or protein as energy.

Types of Carbs

There are two types of carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates. Your complex carbohydrates are foods commonly referred to as starchy foods such as brown rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, cereals, flour etc. Simple carbohydrates on the other hand are what is commonly referred to as sugars, examples of these are fruits and veggies, cakes, sweets, soft drinks and a lot of other junk foods and snacks.
Macronutrients - carbohydrates...breads are an example of carbs.

Role of Carbs in TRAINING

In terms of muscle building carbohydrates play very important role for muscle gain and energy levels. You see lifting weights takes a lot of energy, the actual weight lifting requires energy, your metabolic rate increases when you workout so you generally need a lot more food just not maintain your current body and even more carbs if you want to bulk. You need to have energy before you even start lifting so that you will be able to lift as heavy and as effectively as you possibly can.

Eat Carbs in Moderation

Carbohydrates like any sort of nutrient need to be consumed as needed but like any other nutrient, over indulging has its downsides so too does not eating enough carbs. The downside of eating too many carbs is that you will gain a lot of fat, because the body only uses what it needs as energy and the rest is stored in the body as fat. If you are not a very active person and you consume a lot of carbs, lack of activity plus a slow metabolism would result in fat gain whereas if you are very active and exercise you can afford to use up more carbs because they are being used to fuel your activities instead of being stored as fat.

When Is the Best Time to Eat Carbs?

With that said the best times to eat the bulk of your carbs is straight after you wake up for breakfast, this fuels you up after an 8 hour (or more) fast and it gives the body ample time to use up those carbs throughout the day, the second best time to eat carbs is before and after a workout since you will need the energy boost and you do not want your body using protein (or your muscles) as energy, you need that for muscle building and repair ( and you need your current muscle and maybe want it to get bigger) . I am not saying do not eat carbs at other times, just that the majority of your carbs should be eaten earlier in the day and when you are most active. It would serve you well to eat more carbs on workout days than on off days since you are more active on workout days so there is a small chance of the carbohydrates you eat to be stored as fat.

I will write a post about carb cycling in the coming weeks so keep a look out for that if you are interested in finding out what carb cycling is and whether it would be beneficial to your muscle building and getting shredded goals. 

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