What is carbohydrates loading?

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Carbohydrate loading is a process uses by professional athletes to increase their energy reserves and performance ability. This is a great process for anyone that is trying to achieve full capacity during a 90 minutes competition. It would make sense that you would lose a lot of energy over a 90 minutes intense competition like in the Olympics. You can feel very down if you don’t have as much sugar reserve in this long of a race. A week before the competition, athletes would start the process of carbohydrate loading.

Before the day of the competition, they would eat high carbohydrate food like pastas in order to have a lot of carbohydratesreserve for their long competition. Carbohydrate like bagels, pasta and rice seem to have a longer reserve time and therefore is a good group to eat for longer reservation. The process is like emptying your computer battery and recharging it again because it will hold more power the second time you charge it. This is the same as the recharging of the cell phone. This is an analogy to make it easier to understand.

This method is also good if you don’t want to feel hungry all the time if you have to attend a long session of anything. I use to see a lot of doctors eating tons of bagel and now I see why they would do that. So in order to achieve the carbohydrate loading, you would need to empty your carbohydrate reserve by not eating or something like that and then eat pasta the night before the competition so that you can have more carbohydrate reserves so that you’ll still have energy after the 90 minutes race.

Some intense sports require this kind of loading such as marathon and triathlon. In sports it’s called carbohydratesloading as a jargon. Nowadays most athletes would use the without depletion part of carbohydrates loading. This when they would not start out to deplete their body of Carbs but rather than just increasing 70% of carbs intake and decrease training three days prior to the events. Coaches recommend this approach nowadays and so many athletes follow the non deplete method.

There is also another method called the short workout. Before the day of the race athlete would have a normal diet with light training. On the day before the race, the athlete would do a very short and intense workout like a few minutes of sprinting and eat 12Gram of carb per kg of lean mass over the next 24hours. This way they can ensure 90% of glycogen storage.


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