If you ask any person about the role of protein in muscle building, you will get the good response from them about the way muscle builds, muscle recovery, hypertrophy and many more. But if you ask the same person about the carbohydrate, we doubt that you will get the same response. This is because a lot of people are not aware of the importance of carbohydrates and the role they play in muscle development. Here are some facts about the carbohydrates which you should know.
- Carbohydrate protects Muscle
When you need energy, your body looks for glucose from carbohydrates first. If no glucose is available, because you’re on a carbohydrate-restricted diet, your body begins to pull energy out of fatty tissue. Then your body will burn its own protein tissue. Hence you must eat adequate amount of carbohydrate to protect your muscle.
- Carbohydrate provides recovery
After workout, your blood sugar level reduces considerably. Eating carbohydrate as part of the recovery meal increases plasma glucose and spike insulin which makes it possible for the body to resynthesize glycogen at a higher rate and recover faster.
- Carbohydrate helps your brain to perform better
Your brain need glucose to function properly. Carbohydrate is the source of glucose for the body. If you don’t have enough of them, your ability to think, learn, and remember stuff will decrease because neurotransmitters in your brain will not have enough glucose to synthesize properly.
- Carbohydrate prevent diseases
The fibrous food provides your ammunition for fighting certain diseases like type 2 diabetes and obesity. Fiber also helps indigestion and keeping the cholesterol and the heart diseases under control. The fiber can be obtained from whole grains and dietary fiber.
- Carbohydrate optimizes metabolism
Carbohydrates provide one with the energy, so they are important for an optimal metabolism. Without energetic calories, the metabolism will suffer. Most men and women assume that as a low-carb diet can lead to weight loss that it will improve their metabolism, but the fact is carbs actually optimizes metabolism.
Hence carbs are the thing that never should be underestimated. So, next time while tracking the protein intake, don’t forget to track the carbohydrate intake as well.