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There are two main groups of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Complex carbs can further be divided into high-fiber and low-fiber. Carbohydrates have three "main" functions in your body. First, they can be burned for fuel, immediately before anything else....... Second, (in explosive athletes) they can be stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles (which is what we want). And Lastly, they can be stored as body fat (which is what happens to most people and what we do not want to happen).

Simple Carbohydrates
Simple carbohydrates are composed of 1, 2, or 3 units of sugar linked together. These are simple units of glucose. Glucose is the nutritional term for sugar. They are called either monosacharrides (simple sugars like fructose and glucose), disaccharides,(sugar molecules made up of two simple sugars, like sucrose) or polysaccharides depending on the number of sugar units present(like starch). These are foods that are sweet tasting, such as fruits or candy. These are passed into your bloodstream almost immediately providing energy to the brain, muscles, and other body tissues quickly.

Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are made of hundreds or more of sugar units linked together, which are either chains of monosacharrides or polysacharrides. These carbs are the starches and fibers that provide the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to maintain optimum health, although it it important to realize that a food may contain high fiber in the raw state, but may be altered when processed. The complex carbs consist of two types: high-fiber and low-fiber. High-fiber carbs contain cellulose. This is also known as an unavailable carbohydrate because it is not able to be digested by humans (although some indigestible carbohydrate is able to provide the body with energy through fermentation). These are associated with decreased chances of hypertension and diabetes. Low-fiber are all the carbohydrates that we do digest such as bran cereals, whole grains, potatoes, pastas, brown rice, vegetables, and milk products.

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It still bothers me to see how many athletes do not even bother to use the basic minimum supplements like Vitamins and Minerals......20-25 years ago when there were very few supplements to choose from, anybody who was serious in powerlifting (or other sports) always took them.....now that we know more and how they work and how we need them...it seems less of the basics are being used..........do not lose the edge....use them........................
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For the non-Powerlifter or Athlete (fitness enthusiast) we seem to start each new year with a list of resolutions (a host of them usually). We always get sidetracked, off track or de-railed because of Holidays and Special Occasions, plateaus, intentional or unintentional saboteurs (like the girl scout selling those yummy mint cookies), eating or exercising withdrawals, sickness (real or imaginary), inclement weather, busy schedules, and the list goes on and on.........Face it.......You only succeed in what you really want to accomplish...........Are you going to stay on "YOUR PATH" to a Longer and Healthier Life ??????????? or drop out early ?????????

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