Post Workout Carbohydrates Calculator - How Many
Carbs Do You Need?
primary function of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body,
especially the brain and the nervous system. An enzyme called amylase
helps break down carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar), which
is used for energy by the body. Carbohydrates are classified as
simple or complex. The classification depends on the chemical structure
of the food, and how quickly the sugar is digested and absorbed.
Simple carbohydrates have one (single) or two (double) sugars. Complex
carbohydrates have three or more sugars.
The most critical nutritional period for muscle growth
is the post-workout meal. Following a hard workout, your body is
severely depleted of glycogen and glucose. Hard working muscles
utilize glucose (usable form) and glycogen (stored form) for energy.
The amount of fuel in your tank obviously does not last forever.
As such, there is a point at which blood glucose levels (available
energy) and glycogen levels (stored energy) get so low that effective
exercise cannot occur. This is typically characterized by a decline
in energy levels. There simply isn't enough available energy for
working tissues to use. This is the main reason why you need to
eat an adequate amount of carbs post-workout in order to maximize
this window of opportunity and replenish your glycogen stores.