Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy! So why do we spend so much time trying to not eat them?
As a fitness professional it is hard for me to hear all the different diets and fads out their that almost ban the consumption of both of these needed macros.
So lets start of there. What is a macro? Macro is short for macro-nutrients. Macro nutrients make up the caloric content of food; such as carbs, fat, and protein.
Combining these nutrients together is where our total caloric intake comes from.
Carbs are at the leader of the Macro-nutrients because its the body’s primary source of energy. Carbs are used quickly after being ingested. But, compared with fats they are much poorer molecules for energy storage.
When we eat carbs (weather grains, fruits, vegetables or sugars) they are broken down into glucose and that glucose is constantly being converted into energy in a process called (ATP-Adenosine Triphosphate). Though, many don’t realize, when
they are on a low carb diet, if they eat too much protein (protein that you do not readily need) that protein excess will cause the liver to convert the amino acids found in that protein into sugar (this sugar bi-product can feed systemic infections in the body and inhibit the body’s natural ability to detoxify.
ATP is broken down when the body requires energy (through a process called hydrolysis). when excess ATP and glucose are present the liver converts them into glycogen molecules (and triacylglycerols). These are stored for later use.
Any macro taken in access gets stored as fat for later use. Fat is a topic I will save for a later time.
So basically glucose found in the food we eat is broken down into an energy source. This energy fuels our bodies. Your body needs all macro nutrients to be successfully working for you.
Now where we get our source carbs and when they are consumed are the things that should start being focused on. As you stick with me through future blogs I will write more on these topics.