Carbohydrates are an important and necessary part of anybody’s diet, though they are especially important for bodybuilders and other people who rely on sports nutrition. This is because carbohydrates are what provide energy to the body and allow athletes to play their best for longer periods of time. Carbohydrates also allow the organs to function properly. While “no carb” or “low carb” fad diets have become popular in the recent past, these are not a good idea for anyone, especially not for athletes or for those who have a high demand for energy. The trick is to load up on the right kinds of carbohydrates, not the wrong ones.
The best carbohydrates come in healthy foods such as whole grain breads and pastas, fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, and beans and legumes. The kind of carbohydrates to avoid are simple, refined carbohydrates like white bread, white rice, sugary foods or snacks, pastries, and sodas. The good carbohydrates will give you more energy and make you feel much more lively and alert throughout the day. The bad ones, however, may give you a quick energy boost but will ultimately leave you feeling sluggish and tired. Too many of these bad carbs can also lead to weight gain, various health problems, type II diabetes, and other things you don’t want in your life. Speak to your nutritionist or dietician about how many carbohydrates you should be consuming each day and about the best foods for you to find your ideal number of carbs in.