• Ryan

Carbs. Sources, Fuel and Weight Loss

Your body gets energy from carbohydrates and fats.

This is key, as knowing that if our energy levels are high, then losing weight, lifting weights and general working out and living is actually possible.

If you don’t have a good understanding of this, then fat loss becomes hard. Or maybe not even at all or even just temporary fat loss.

You’ll also struggle to train with any proper intensity as you’ll be running on empty.

Carb Basics

Carbs mainly come in sugar and starch. These are the main sources of fuel for our body.

The energy gets stored as glycogen and is stored in the liver, muscles and brain. 100g of glycogen is stored in the liver and 400g is stored in our muscles. The sugar and starch is broken down here and used as fuel and energy for our body and cells.

The purpose of this is to maintain steady blood sugar levels. If there is a dip in our sugar levels, glycogen in the liver is broken down to release glucose.

The more active you are and the greater the muscle mass, the more carbs you need to consume.

Carb Sources

Ideally our carbs should come from fruit and veg. Though for the vast majority of people this isn’t the case.

Sadly too many people now get them from heavy processed foods and fizzy drinks. These are very high in calories and very low in nutrients.

This results in being overfeed but undernourished.

When it comes to carb sources, you typically think of potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, that sort of thing. While they aren’t as good as fruit and veg, they’re not awful. The likes of sweet potatoes are a great source of carbs.

However, the likes of white bread for example, are heavy processed. White pasta is the same. So if you are eating these, make sure you go for the likes of brown bread and brown pasta.

Carb Intake