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How do carbohydrates physically affect your body?

Asked by Blackberry (31779points) August 18th, 2010

Whenever I eat pasta for dinner, then exercise the next morning, my energy and strength is increased exponentially. I feel like superman. What is happening inside my body to make this happen?

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Carbohydrates break down into smaller sugars (glucose, fructose and galactose) that get absorbed and used as energy. Any glucose not needed right away gets stored in the muscles and the liver in the form of glycogen. Once these glycogen stores are filled up, any extra gets stored as fat.

Glycogen is the source of energy most often used for exercise. It is needed for any short, intense bouts of exercise from sprinting to weight lifting because it is immediately accessible. Glycogen also supplies energy during the first few minutes of any sport. During long, slow duration exercise, fat can help fuel activity, but glycogen is still needed to help breakdown the fat into something the muscles can use.

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