WHY CARBOHYDRATES ARE GOOD FOR ATHLETES?
There is a lot to do about carbohydrates. They are sometimes depicted as thickeners. But for fanatic athletes, eating carbohydrate-rich foods is of the utmost importance!
There is a lot to do about carbohydrates. They are sometimes depicted as thickeners. But for fanatic athletes, eating carbohydrate-rich foods is of the utmost importance! Carbohydrates are full of energy. And you need that energy to keep your sports performance up to date.
Carbohydrates are a direct source of energy. During prolonged or intensive exertion, carbohydrates ensure that you have the energy to perform your activities. If your body cannot burn enough carbohydrates, you will feel weak and lifeless. And that, of course, has a counterproductive effect on your sports performance. It is therefore important to maintain your carbohydrate level.
Limited storage capacity
The number of carbohydrates that your body can store is limited. On average you have the energy for one to one and a half hours of intensive exercise. It is therefore recommended that you maintain your carbohydrate level even during a long workout and after exercise. You can do this by, for example, drinking an energy drink and eating a banana after your training. Athletes who really train intensively even plan their carbohydrate intake throughout the day, so that they always have an optimal energy level.
Need for carbohydrates
The need for carbohydrates is different for all athletes. This depends on your energy needs. And that again depends on your training and competition schedule, training frequency and the duration and intensity of your training. Because the energy requirements vary from day to day, it is smart to also adjust your carbohydrate intake per day. For example, take more carbohydrates on days on which you train intensively, and less on your rest days.
What is carbohydrate-rich products?
Examples of carbohydrate-rich products are bread, muesli, potatoes, rice, pasta, dried fruits, honey, jam, and sweets. Well, of course, it is wise to make healthy choices and not to throw yourself into bags of candy to get your carbohydrates.
Do you find it very difficult to determine which products you can and cannot eat, and to what extent? Then ask a professional for advice. A nutritionist or one of our personal trainers can help you put together a list of good and bad products and make a balanced diet plan that fits your training plan.