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Water is by far the most abundant substance in our body (over 65%!). To put it simple: without water, one would not survive long. Long live water! But why is water good? Read on!
Today I'll discuss the importance of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the body's main source of energy and therefore are very important. Read on to find out more about carbohydrates.
Carbs are the body’s main source of energy. After eating carbohydrates, your pancreas will secrete a hormone called insulin. Insulin stores the carbohydrates in the muscle or as fat. Insulin also stores the amino acids (proteins) and puts them into the muscle cell for recovery and repair.
Too much insulin in the body is caused by eating too many carbohydrates. When there is a lot of insulin, it will give a sign to your cells to start the storage of glycogen synthesis. This will eventually lead to larger fat storages.
However, the opposite is also true: eating little carbohydrates will lead to smaller insulin concentrations. Your body will have less energy and will therefore start the lipolysis, to gain energy from the degradation of fats.
Therefore it is important that we eat the right amount of carbohydrates!
There are two kinds of carbs: complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates (sugars). Simple carbohydrates will give you immediate energy, while complex carbohydrates give you continuous energy. This is also called a “timed release”.
Some good advice: eat mainly complex carbohydrates throughout the day except after the workout, then your body needs simple carbs, because a higher glycogen level will aid faster recuperation and rebuild of the muscle.
There are 2 kinds of complex carbohydrates:
1) fibrous carbs: found mainly in brocooli, cauliflower, mushrooms, spinach, lettuce.
2) starchy carbs: found mainly in oatmeal, (sweet) potatoes, peas, corn, pasta, bread..
Simple carbohydrates are found mainly in apples, pineapples, pears, bananas and oranges.
Proteins are the building blocks of all kinds of tissue, like muscle tissue. They are necessary in building muscle, without proteins, this would be an impossible mission. It has other functions as well: it ensures that the carbohydrates are “time released”, so you get a constant flow of carbs per day.
In our "guide to understand foods" we'll start off with fats.. Hated by most and yet loved by most….because who doesn't like the forbidden fruit? Anyways, here's a great guide to help you understand what kind of fats there are, and what their purpose is.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand how your body uses these macronutrients, we have explained the basics in a way that you can understand too.
Knowing how these macronutrients work is a definite must if you wonder “why” eating particular things is bad for your body and also in which food you can find particular macronutrients more. In this first part we will explain the use of fats.
Why should bodybuilders have a good nutrition guide? Nutrition is enormously important, it is as important as the workout itself. Nutrition gives us the raw materials for energy, growth and recuperation. You will never achieve your ideal body without a good diet. I've written down some of the basics you need to know about nutrition programs. Read the rest of this entry »
It would be unrealistic to write down the ultimate nutrition guide here. Everyone is unique, everyone responds differently on food, therefore everyone needs to find their own unique nutrition guide. Read the rest of this entry »