What are they for?
Carbs are an athlete’s primary source of energy. They provide working muscles the energy they need to jump, run, explode, lift and swim. High performance athletes must make sure they are taking in plenty of carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are stored in the muscle and the liver as glycogen; like an internal storage locker for energy! Your glycogen stores will be depleted during workouts and must be replenished.
If you forget to replace your glycogen stores, you will not have enough energy the next day; scary if it is your game day! 50-70% of your energy should come from carbohydrates.
**To perform at your best LIMIT “refined” carbohydrate foods: Sugary foods such as cookies, cakes, pies, candy, pop tarts, soda (regular or diet), donuts, candy bars, “white” breads, high sugar cereals**