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Does a high level of daily physical activity require carbohydrate intake? What about just eating protein?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Must have carbs

Carbohydrates are essential for energy.
There are arguments over how many and exactly what type, but generally speaking, a moderate amount of complex carbohydrates should be a part of at least a couple of your meals each day. Those that try to exercise without carbs in their diet often have shortened or poor workouts.

In brief: Must have carbs

Carbohydrates are essential for energy.
There are arguments over how many and exactly what type, but generally speaking, a moderate amount of complex carbohydrates should be a part of at least a couple of your meals each day. Those that try to exercise without carbs in their diet often have shortened or poor workouts.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Carbohydrates are not an essential part of the human diet because glucose is a breakdown product of protein metabolism. However, simple and complex carbohydrates are a plentiful source of energy and are useful to people engaged in high level physical activity.
Avoid processed sugars and flour, which are nutritionally poor sources of energy. Use whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and grains.

In brief: Yes

Carbohydrates are not an essential part of the human diet because glucose is a breakdown product of protein metabolism. However, simple and complex carbohydrates are a plentiful source of energy and are useful to people engaged in high level physical activity.
Avoid processed sugars and flour, which are nutritionally poor sources of energy. Use whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and grains.
Dr. Steven Charlap
Dr. Steven Charlap
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In brief: Yes but

A good balance is very important, but with increased physical activity, additional carbs and protein are necessary.
If in doubt, consult a personal trainer or nutritionist.

In brief: Yes but

A good balance is very important, but with increased physical activity, additional carbs and protein are necessary.
If in doubt, consult a personal trainer or nutritionist.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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