Nutrition Revision: Why Carbs are needed for Activity and ATP

This blog will help your L3 Nutrition Revision by understanding why Carbs are needed for activity and ATP production.

You’ll discover:

  • What is ATP?
  • A 5 mins Video Tutorial Why carbs are needed for Activity and ATP
  • Three Example Mock Question about ATP and Activity
  • How to learn with simplicity for the rest of your L3 Nutrition Revision

What is ATP?

ATP is an abbreviation for Adenosine Triphosphate.

This is a molecule made up of one Adenosine, and Three Phosphates in a bonded chain.

ATP is the energy currency in our body.

The “spark” of energy occurs when one Phosphate breaks free from the ATP chain. At this point, the ATP becomes one molecule of Phosphate (on its own) and a molecule of Adenosine DiPhosphate. ADP is one adenosine and two phosphates bonded together.

It is the role of our three energy systems to continually supply us with plentiful amounts of ATP.

Why Carbs are needed for Activity and ATP

We have three energy systems :

  • Aerobic
  • Lactic Acid
  • Creatine-Phosphate

and each of these use different fuel sources to create ATP, which allows us to make ATP regardless of our environment of the stress on our body

The Aerobic System uses Carbohydrates and fats as the primary fuel source to create plentiful amoutns of ATP.

The Lactic Acid System also requires Carbohydrates (in the form of glycogen) to create ATP.

Therefore it is important that we encourage our clients to have a well-balanced diet, which includes carbohydrates, so the client can create adequate levels of ATP and fuel their activity.

A 5 mins Video Tutorial Why carbs are needed for Activity and ATP

Test your knowledge with today’s Nutrition Revision questions:

[NOTE: The answers are below the 3rd questions]

1. What does the abbreviation ATP stand for in L3 Nutrition?
A. Phosphocreateine system
B. Activity Tracking Programme
C. Adenosine Triphosphate
D. Adenosine Diphosphate

2. Which of the following does not create ATP?
A. Aerobic System
B. Creatine Phosphate System
C. Lactic Acid System
D. ATP System

3. When the “energy spark occurs” what is the bi-product?
A. Adenosine Diphosphate
B. Adenosine Triphosphate
C. Adenosine Diphosphate and one phosphate
D. Adenosine Triphosphate and one phosphate

What’s the CORRECT answer?

Answers to the mock questions are :

Question 1= C, Question 2 = D, Question 3 = C

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