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The body needs energy to function and the easiest source for it to utilise comes from carbohydrates. Carbohydrates can provide short term energy boosts or a long term energy supply. Carbohydrates are found in many foods which include oats, rice, potatoes, wheat, fruit and many processed foods.

Carbohydrates can be fast or slow. This refers to how quickly they release their energy to the body. Simple carbohydrates release their energy quickly and complex carbohydrates release over a longer period of time. The majority of carbohydrates the weight trainer consumes should be complex. This allows for a steady supply of energy.

During a workout the body uses some of its supply of energy as fuel. This energy comes primarily from its stored carbohydrate and is used up quickly depending on how hard you are training. After the workout has been completed you need to replace the stored carbohydrates that have been used. You can do this by eating or drinking a food that contains carbohydrates. Ideally you would also consume some protein along the carbohydrates. You should try to consume approximately 50g of carbohydrates after your training session along with 20-30g of protein. This will aid your recovery and help with muscle growth.

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