Friday, December 31, 2010

Carbohydrate Loading - More than just a bowl of pasta

In the last post we looked at the need to begin endurance exercise with the maximum possible level of stored carbohydrate if we want to maximise performance. In exercise of over 2 hours, studies show a performance benefit of around 8% with complete carbohydrate loading compared to only partially loaded stores. For so many sportspeople I’ve met, their idea of carb loading is simply eating a big bowl of pasta the night before a race. But what you’ll see here is that it’s much more than that.