Why carbs are important

Jun 3, 2021

 by Blair Rockoff

Let's talk Carbohydrates! Love them or hate them (and let's be real, most of us LOVE them) they are an important part of any well-balanced diet. It's important to have some understanding of what carbs do for the body and how to incorporate them into your nutrition plan.

Broadly, carbohydrates are classified as sugars, starches and fiber. Sugars are often known as "simple" carbs that are easily digested, while starches are "complex" and take more time to break down. Dietary fiber is not digestible in the body and aids in healthy digestion and blood sugar levels. It's from these compounds that the human body gets the majority of its energy. Carbs are vital when it comes to both anaerobic (short duration) and aeorbic (endurance) activity, and is key to performing optimally and burning fat. As the saying goes, "Fat burns in a carbohydrate flame."

Generally, the recommended daily intake of cabohydrates is between 45-65% of your overall calories and should include mainly complex carbs like whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Eating a high-carb meal 2-4 hours prior to exercise has been shown to improve performance (without causing stomach upset). Post-workout, consuming carbs within 30 minutes of finishing up can help you recover faster.

Try taking a look at your own carb consumption and see if making some small changes can help with your energy levels, performance and meal satisfaction. Make sure you're getting plenty of whole food carbohydrates throughout the day and you'll be feeling amazing in no time!