Despite all of the science, people still have a phobia of carbs. The right intake enhances your performance, but it will boost your body composition and your overall sense of wellbeing too. Here’s why.
CARBS FUEL EXERCISE
If you can’t train intensely, you can’t make gains. Cutting carbs too severely can leave you feeling lethargic, fatigued and miserable.
CARBS BUILD LEAN MUSCLE
They protect the protein you eat from being converted to glucose. Without carbs, your body can be placed in a muscle wasting state, which can decrease the efficiency of your metabolism, causing gains in fat and losses in strength.
CARBS AID RECOVERY
Exercise impacts your central nervous system. When you aren’t properly fuelled, it can tire you out. Your brain uses glucose as fuel but doesn’t have a stored supply, which is why you feel foggy when on a low carb diet.
CARB HELPS YOU BURN FAT
Going low carbs makes pyruvate build up, creating a position where fat can’t attach to your body mitochondria, thereby slowing metabolism. This lessens your ability to lose fat.
Aside from the reasons listed above regarding why carbs are important for athletes, they also provide dietary fibre, help boost your mood, bolster the health of your heart and can help you to focus and enhance your memory.
You can go as low as 0.5g per lb of bodyweight or up to 1.5g per lb of bodyweight depending on your goals. Strive to get the most of your carbs from nutrient dense whole foods to improve body and mind.
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Original article by Allison Fahrenbach