So we know the importance of proteins when it comes to building muscle. Proteins are the building blocks of which our muscle are made and aid our muscles in rebuilding and growing. However, we need to address the importance of carbohydrates in muscle building. It is extremely hard to build proper lean muscle on a low carb diet no matter who you are. Carbohydrates are the energy supply of the body and are stored in the muscle tissue and liver as glycogen. Glycogen is broken down into glucose when needed to be used as energy.
One of my key beliefs has always been to load carbohydrates properly around your workout. A good quality carbohydrate meal an hour before training helps fuel your muscles for the activity. I always sip on a fast-acting carbohydrate when training, something fast absorbing such as vitargo or dextrose. This keeps fueling my muscles and keeps me going longer and stronger. Having carbs readily available in the system means that muscle breakdown will not occur as you are consistently fueling your muscles with a carb drink every 20 minutes. Post-workout a carb-protein drink is extremely important as the glycogen is stored immediately in your muscle in a large amount and the protein aids in rebuilding and growing your muscle fibres. Therefore, if you are looking for size and good lean muscle gains, loading carbs around your workout is extremely important.
We must remember also that carbohydrates are not only used when bulking and picking up massive size. They are also used when looking for lean gains, they are only used in different amounts. Evert meal with a protein should be supplemented with a good quality carb such as sweet potato, potato or rice. The amounts of carbs per meal will differ regarding your objective in size gains. When looking for muscle size, never neglect your carbohydrate intake and do not be scared to load your carbohydrates heavily around your workouts.