Carbohydrates And Why They’re Important For Muscle Gain


It is recommended by most sources that about 45-60% of our energy intake should come from carbohydrates. Here are a few reasons why carbs are important for muscle gain-

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1.Good for heart :

Increasing your soluble-fiber by 5 to 10 grams each day could result in a 5 percent drop in “bad” LDL cholesterol. Similarly, people who eat more whole grains (brown rice, bulgur, and quinoa) also tend to have lower LDL cholesterol and higher “good” HDL cholesterol.

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2.Trim your waistline :

Swapping refined grains for whole grains may help reduce total body fat and belly fat. Adults who ate about 3 servings of whole grains a day had about 2.4 percent less body fat and 3.6 percent less abdominal fat than those who ate less than a quarter of a serving.

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3.Help you blast fat :

Eating a breakfast made with carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, 3 hours before exercise may help burn more fat. Here’s why: in the study, eating “slow-release” carbohydrates didn’t spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbohydrates, such as white toast. In turn, insulin levels didn’t spike as high and because insulin plays a role in signalling your body to store fat, having lower levels may help you burn fat.

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Image Courtesy: Calorie Secrets

 

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4.Bigger gains :

Carbohydrates give the body the energy it requires for hardcore workout sessions which allow for better growth of muscles. Not just this, they also help in muscle repair which ensures your body recovers for the next workout session.

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Image Courtesy: Wise Geek

 

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Carbs are for protecting our muscles because carbohydrates are the first source of energy for our body, without it, protein from our muscles will be used meaning that our body will effectively eat its own muscles!