Carbohydrate is part of a healthy diet. They provide lots of energy, vitamins and minerals, and the fiber can help keep you satisfied.

The Bottom Line

• Carbohydrates are VERY important for exercise

• With carb, you can go faster, harder, and longer

• Carbs give you the energy you need to do the work you want

• The brain and nervous systems need carb to function correctly

• After exercise, eating carbs allows your body to use protein to repair itself

• Eating before and within 30 minutes after work outs gives your body the best chance to succeed

• Complex carb can give you energy for a long time

• Simple carbs only give you short bursts and can leave you feeling hungry faster

• Carbs are found in many foods: fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and sweets.