1) You eat carbohydrates.
2) Your body breaks down the carbs into glucose, a form of sugar that can fuel energy.
3) Glucose floods the bloodstream and triggers the pancreas to release the hormone insulin.
4) Insulin is like a key that opens the door of the muscle cell walls to draw glucose from the blood stream into the muscle tissue.
5) Turns to glycogen and muscles use this as fuel.
6) Whatever the muscles don’t use (for example if you’re not active), it is stored for future use as fat.
This is why if you either don’t burn as many calories or burn more than what you intake into your body, people gain weight. Fat and protein also can do this besides carbohydrates. A good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat is needed.
Daily recommended amounts are:
These are the percentages that you can put into macro tracking apps like MyFitnessPal.