What kind of lifestyle do you follow to stay healthy? Do you work out regularly? What about your diet? Activ8 Gym shares once a month with you the diet tips which we think are best for you.
This month we are going to share with you some tips on how to take a carbohydrate diet to maintain your blood sugar level.
Glucose, is the only form of carbohydrate used directly by muscles for energy. When we eat starches or sugars the body changes them all to this form.
Whether carbohydrates are in the form of starches (in vegetables and grains), sucrose (table sugar), fructose (found in fruits and juices) or lactose (milk sugar), carbohydrates are digested and ultimately changed to glucose.
The body uses this glucose in the blood for energy. Most glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles. During exercise glycogen is broken down in the muscles and provides energy. Usually there is enough glycogen in muscles to provide fuel for 90-120 minutes of exercise. Most exercise and sport games do not use up glycogen stores so eating carbohydrates during the activity usually isn’t needed. But for some active people, eating or drinking carbohydrates during exercise helps maintain their blood glucose and energy levels.
Most active people need not be concerned with “carbohydrate loading,” the special technique of eating a lot of carbohydrates for several days before an endurance event. Instead, focus on getting enough carbohydrates every day.
So, one of the tips to ensure plenty of energy for exercise is to eat a nutritious, balanced diet that is high in carbohydrates and low in fat with lots of different foods.