Carbohydrates  are often overlooked and their importance in the diet is often misunderstood or forgotten. When we consume carbohydrates, our body produces insulin which allows us to store the carbohydrates as fuel, in the form of glycogen in the muscle and this is the fuel which we use to power our workouts. Insulin is also the most anabolic hormone in the body, so it is essential to combine protein and carbohydrates for optimum muscle gains, as when consumed together the carbohydrate causes an insulin spike, which shuttles protein into the muscle. Post workout is the most essential time to consume a carbohydrate and protein mix, as enzymes such as glycogen synthase are elevated, resulting in greater uptake of glycogen in the muscle and ultimately more energy stored, ready to hit your next workout hard!