The greatest amount of carbohydrate stored in the body is in the form of
muscles this is because the muscles compose such a large portion of
the body mass.
The major function of carbohydrates and human metabolism is to supply
energy. Most congested carbohydrates are initially converted into
blood glucose and are used for energy. Carbohydrate supplies
approximately forty percent of the total energy you need during rest
and was about twenty percent going to the muscles. Carbohydrate intake
is most important for prolonged endurance events. Athletes performing
in these events should consume high carbohydrate diets, that are rich
in carbohydrates both before and after competition.
The consumption of carbohydrates will help you
cruise into high gear over longer periods because you have increased
your ability to produce energy and sustained that energy. Athletes low
in carbohydrates will be slower overall, such as in latter stages in
athletic contests like soccer and ice hockey which is due to muscles
being low in carbohydrates. Athletes should consume diets rich in
carbohydrates for several days prior to competition.
This will increase their athletic performance and endurance. High
intensity exercise and workouts cannot totally prevent the onset of
fatigue. Solid and liquid forms of carbohydrates were equally
effective in maintaining energy levels and enhancing exercise or
Athletes who who consumed a liquid form of
carbohydrates perform better on a three hour power cycle. Eating a
semi- solid carbohydrate foods like orange juice, white bread and
bananas had a negative effect on performance if eating just before a
contest. Consuming carbohydrates early after sports or exercise will
facilitate repairing and strengthening of the muscles. Carbohydrates
are the most important energy source for high too intense exercise and
Carbohydrate intake an hour before and during prolonged high
intensity sports or continuous exercise may help to prevent the onset
of fatigue. A carb breakfast which includes cereal and grain products
have a high concentration of carbohydrates along with some protein may
be eating three to four hours prior to competition or sports.
Several field studies in athletes and cross country skiers have shown
carbohydrates loading was beneficial. Carbohydrates loading has also
been identified as one of the factors contributing to collapse of
runners marathons who did not load up on carbs. You should check the
food labels for fiber content fats and protein.