Carbohydrates are a critical part of your nutrition for fueling your body for workouts and daily energy needs. Once we understand what types of carbohydrates we need to fuel our bodies, then we can focus more on how much and when to eat them to get the most out of our workouts!
Your body needs carbohydrates for energy.
Simple carbs – Sugars and starches that have been processed and provide almost zero nutritional value
A rapid rise in blood sugar stimulates your pancreas to release insulin, which often leads to craving more sugar, making you hungrier. This is not what you want to happen. The quicker and larger the spike, the bigger crash you’ll experience later. And honestly, who likes going through that?
Complex carbs take much longer to break down and be digested. This slower process aids in keeping blood sugar levels steadier. Complex carbs also give you better sustained energy, compared to the quick burst simple carbs give.
- Raw sugar
- Brown sugar
- Corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup
- Glucose, Fructose, and Sucrose
- Fruit juice concentrate
- Whole grains
For a full analysis of your daily intake needs or more information on our one-on-one nutrition programming, visit our Nutrition page, or contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and putting “Nutrition Counseling” in the subject line.
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