Carbs have gotten a bad wrap in the past for years. They’ve been blamed for diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, gaining weight and more. While this is true in part, we think it is important we don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater and remember that carbs are still very important. ☝️ Here’s why we still want to have carbs: •Carbs are our primary source of energy and one we can quickly use during training, which gives us an edge for strength.
• Carbs become glycogen, which is our internal storage of carbs and is used especially when we train strength. They also increase muscle size, giving a “fuller” look to your muscles.
• Carbs promote vascularity, which can aid both aesthetic purposes, and can still be good to help promote blood flow.
• Carbs are harder to turn into fats (they need a process called de novo lipogenesis, which is not favoured in humans), which means they are not stored as easily. Meaning a cheat meal that is just carbs and protein probably won’t lead to as much fat gain as a cheat meal that is fat and protein, and of equal calories.
You should know that there are two types of carbohydrates, the simple and the complex. Complex carbs such as starch are found in bread, potatoes, cereals, etc. Since they consist of several simple carbohydrate molecules, complex carbs have a lower glycemic index. Simple carbs, such as fructose, are small molecules that raise blood sugar levels very quickly. For some people such as runners, soccer players, people trying to gain muscle mass and many others, an increase in blood sugar can be beneficial. On the other hand, if you are of the sedentary type, we advise you to consume simple carbohydrates in moderation.
Hopefully we managed to dispel some myths about carbs and help shed some light on the truth! 💡