Here’s Why You Should Eat Carbs


Everyone who has ever worked out has heard about the to-eat-carbs or not-to-eat carbs debate, which doesn’t seem to be waning one bit. Though we won’t put a stop on this dispute anytime soon, we can inform you about some scientifically-proven benefits of eating carbs. Before we begin, it is important to note that there’s some agreement on the idea that power-based athletes, including team sports athletes, powerlifters, bodybuilders and recreational lifters, should consume carbs in order to achieve maximum results. If you find yourself in any of these groups, here’s what you should know:

  1. Your Thyroid Gland Needs Carbs

As some of you already know, the thyroid gland is largely responsible for a number of important bodily functions, including energy production, growth, the regulation of body temperature, and maintaining an optimal heart rate. Now, athletes who eat a low-carb diet aren’t doing their thyroid a favor, as many studies have shown that a low intake of carbs is connected with the impairment of the gland.

Keeping in mind that the thyroid gland closely works with the human central nervous system, you should definitely consume carbs to make sure everything continues functioning fine. Besides, if your thyroid doesn’t function properly, you’ll never be able to achieve the results you want, which is especially true for women athletes, as females are more susceptible to thyroid disease.

If you’re still hesitant, just consider that Paleo diet adherents often show symptoms that are pretty similar to those of thyroid deficiency, including weakness, fatigue, and lethargy. In comparison, professional bodybuilders who significantly reduce their carb intake prior to a competition look great (and healthy) when it’s their time to shine because their thyroid is working as it should.

  1. Carbs Contribute To Proper Hydration


According to Dr. Edmund Burke, everyone should eat plenty of carbs following an intense workout, as they will prevent water depletion and the loss of electrolytes. Since carbs boost water absorption, you’ll not only be properly hydrated but your muscles will also appear fuller. On the other hand, if you opt not to consume carbs, you’ll look as flat as a pancake, which is something you certainly don’t want.

  1. Carbs Are Responsible For Insulin Production

It couldn’t get any simpler than this: when you eat carbs, your pancreas produces insulin. Others will tell you that insulin plays a key role in fat storage, but this is not something that should worry you, as insulin functions as an anabolic as well. This means that it carries nutrients such as protein to muscles. Also, the amount of carbs you consume will determine the size of your muscles. The bottom line is that if you don’t take in your carbs, you won’t be able to get the body of your dreams no matter how much you work out.

  1. There’s No Muscle Gain Without Carbs

As already mentioned, carbs are important for growing muscles. To sum it up, if your carb intake is low, you will most likely lose muscle and perform rather poorly, particularly if you engage in high-intensity activities on a regular basis.

Endurance athletes might not be interested in this, seeing as low-carb diets don’t affect their performances that much. But, muscular athletes who rely on their strength need to eat carbs to have enough energy to perform at their very best and have killer bodies.

  1. Your Body Needs Carbs

You’ve probably heard this a million times, but it’s true regardless of what others tell you. Your body requires all the macronutrients to function at an optimal level, meaning that you cannot avoid an entire group of macronutrients and expect your body to thrive. It’s just not possible. People, athletes included, who advise you not to eat carbs seem to be forgetting that a zero-carb or low-carb diet deprives your organism of one of the most crucial micronutrients. If you eat carbs, not only will you feel better but you’ll also maintain a healthy level of all the needed vitamins and minerals.




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