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Carbohydrate needs in athletes

Trying to describe the carbohydrate needs in athletes and is it the same or different for non athletic people?

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You need carbohydrates to perform at your best. When you eat carbohydrate, the body changes much of it into glucose, the chief source of energy for the body. Glucose that is not needed immediately is stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles for later use. A balanced diet is containing about 50% to 60% of calories from carbs, about 10% to 20% from protein, and between 15% to 30% from fat.

Athletes Need Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are good!

The most important fuel source for athletes is carbohydrates. Carbs provide energy to the muscles. In fact, the body converts them into energy more efficiently than either protein or fat. Carbohydrates are also the only fuel that can be used in anaerobic activities where the muscles do not get enough oxygen (think ...

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The most important fuel source for athletes is carbohydrates. Carbs provide energy to the muscles. In fact, the body converts them into energy more efficiently than either protein or fat.

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