What are carbs and what are they used for

What are carbs and what are they used for? 💭

Carbohydrates are a macronutrient that provides energy especially during high-intensity exercise such as resistance training. Unlike Protein and Fats, Carbohydrates are not essential nutrients and you technically don’t require any to survive. However, they are essential for maximising performance in high-intensity exercise. Like Protein, Carbohydrates are 4 calories per gram.

There are 3 main types of carbohydrates; sugars, starches and fibre. They are called ‘simple or ‘complex’ based on what the body does with them. Simple Carbohydrates are high sugary foods like chocolate, sweets and cakes and are broken down and released into the bloodstream a lot quicker than Complex Carbohydrates, like oats, potatoes and brown rice. This is why generally if on a calorie-restricted diet you want most out of your Carb sources to come from Complex Carbohydrates as they will give you energy over a longer period of time. 💯 #NutritionAndMindset