Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are an ideal source of fuel for energy in your body. This is because they can be converted into glucose, a form of sugar that's used and transported by the body. The correct usage of carbs increases energy, avoids dehydration, maintains power, strength, stamina and speed. Carbs allow greater recovery after training, and most importantly provide you with essential nutrients to avoid muscle breakdown. It is advised to balance your carbs intake with protein, a little fibre and fat. Consuming complex carbs (vegetables, oats, while grains) provides your body with energy.  Tips Carbohydrates are a vital source for energy and strength. Consuming complex carbohydrates sustains energy in the body. Taking simple ‘quick’ carbs in the form of energy drinks before and after training is a must. There are broken into two types of Carbohydrates: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrate Simple carbohydrates, also known as sugars- exist in either natural or refined form. Natural sugars are found mostly in fruit and vegetable, while refined sugars are found in honey, cake and soft drinks. Monosaccharides are the only form of carbohydrates that are absorbed into the bloodstream, such as Glucose, fructose and galactose. Disaccharides such as Lactose, sucrose and maltose that contain two monosaccharides are easily converted to monosaccharides in the digestive tract ready to be absorbed. Monosaccharides and disaccharides are both called simple carbohydrates. They are sugars that taste sweet; they digest quickly and enter the bloodstream. Complex carbohydrate Complex carbohydrates commonly referred to as starch or starchy foods, are found naturally in foods- or refined in the form of processed foods. Complex carbohydrates are broken into chains of glucose molecules, allowing glucose to flow in your bloodstream. Complex carbs can be found in most grains (corn, oats, rice) and potatoes in the form of natural starches- that contain high levels of nutrients and should not be eliminated from your diet. There is a popular misconception that carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates are a cause of body growth. However, eating a diet rich in refined and over processed foods will contribute to weight gain eventually. It is important to limit your intake of manufactured foods, and consume foods rich in fiber to provide good health and help control weight. Tips •After an intense workout, the body is in full need of a large amount of carbohydrates to speed up recovery. A post workout meal combining carbohydrates and some protein will help your body recover more quickly in time for your next session. This unique combination restores depleted energy levels 20% faster than high-carbohydrate energy drinks. Taking Max Carb 5-10 after training is the simplest way to get protein and carbohydrates after a workout. •Including extra calories in the form of carbohydrates is essential if you’re after gaining weight. A product such as Mass XXL, rich in whey protein and containing complex carbohydrates- provides your body with the calories it needs to grow. Consuming a daily serving of Mass XXL over the course of a week, will help you gain almost a pound of solid weight. •Carbohydrates usually stored in the body (referred to as glycogen), are used for energy when you workout intensely. However, when you train regularly, glycogen stored in your body beings to run out- the same way a car runs out of its limited store of petrol. By doing so, the body begins to burn valuable muscle tissue to provide energy needed to perform the workout. •Drinking an energy drink during a workout, such as Isofaster, will help preserve the energy stored in the body for your next session- and instead use the carbohydrates found in the drink.
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