June 30, 2011

Carbohydrates Are Good For Muscle Building?

Men who are concerned about maintaining their abs are using a low carbohydrate diet. What is a low carbohydrate diet? It  restricts carbohydrate consumption for weight loss and decreasing the number of calories in the body. On the internet,  you’ll find hundreds of debates concerning low carbohydrate diets. Some people say that body builders need to consume loads of proteins for quality muscle mass and strength. But carbo is very essential to providing energy to your body and completing your task of building your body mass.

Sources Of  Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy in the body. When it is taken, the body changes carbohydrates in to sugars that we call glucose and these sugars are used by our cells for energy.  There are  tons of foods where you can get carbohydrates. Just go to your local market and you’ll find lots of sources of carbohydrates such as breads, root crops,  starchy vegetables and grains.  Carbohydrates can be classified into 2 groups. The Simple Carbohydrates and the Complex Carbohydrates.

  • Simple Carbohydrates – this is glucose and mostly found in fruits and sweets and do not supply fiber to the body. Examples are candies, sweet beverages and cakes.
  • Complex Carbohydrates – these are foods found in grains and vegetables. They supply fiber to the body. Examples are white rice, root crops and breads.

If your going to remove carbohydrates from your diet, you will loose the ability to gain weight for your workout.  According to Professor Fredrick John Stare of Department of Nutrition at HSPH. “Good carbs, like whole grains, brown rice and legumes, don’t raise blood glucose quickly. Bad carbs, like white bread, cookies and sugary sodas, cause blood glucose to rise quickly.”



Taking enough carbohydrates is needed for muscle builders to provide energy while weight training. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of taking in low carbo diets will help you gain a quality lifestyle in working out and building muscles.


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