Have you heard that low carb diets are good for you and improves you aesthetically?
Well that may be the case in some circumstances, but for athletes, they are an essential fuel if you want to perform for longer and be faster off the mark.
So if you want to make sure that you are fuelled for success then you need to make sure you plan your meals right around your training.
Carbohydrates (such as grains, vegetables, fruits, natural sugars and starches) are stored as glycogen in the muscle and it is this that helps to fuel your training.
Without the right glycogen stores, you are likely to be fatigued, at higher risk of injury and you will only be able to perform at a fraction of your true potential.
How many carbs is enough?
This varies from sport to athlete.
A long distance runner can get away from consuming smaller intakes of carbohydrates and you will often see them topping up on energy gels at different stages of the course (eg London Marathon).
Athletes that are training at a higher intensity level will need higher glycogen stores .
Something to consider.
When making any changes to your diet, I advise that you monitor how you feel in terms of your performance levels and an hour after consuming.
There is no one size fits all but if you use this as a guide, you wont go far wrong.