Updated: May 26, 2020
It seems like everyone has an opinion about whether carbs are good or bad for you. Regardless of how you feel about them, they are essential to your health! You need carbohydrates to survive. This is a fact and eliminating carbs from your diet is incredibly dangerous.
Simply put, carbohydrates provide energy. Carbs are used for energy, which includes everything from cell creation, metabolism, and all your basic body functions. That means you need some form of carbohydrates to help facilitate muscle repair and growth, along with energy just to have a good workout.
Quick energy carbs come from fruits, candy, sports drinks, and processed starches, like white bread and crackers. They should be eaten around a workout, so your body uses the energy that they give. When you eat simple carbs and do not use the energy they provide, the excess energy can be stored as fat. Slowly digested, or complex carbs, have more fiber, which prolongs their release of energy and helps to keep digestion regular. Some examples of complex carbs are whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and quinoa. These carbs are ideal when activity isn’t in the immediate future.
Carbs, like protein, are 4 calories per gram. Depending upon your goals, striving for a 40% macro ratio for carbohydrates can enable fat loss or muscle building. Similar to the protein example, you will need 200 grams of carbs.
Ashley Lambeth, ACE-CPT, OES, FNS, SCS | 919-614-2286 | Founder
Anna S. Semon, BA Exercise and Sports Science, SCS | Assistant Training Coach