Carbohydrate Loading: Effective If Done Right for Even a Day

What better topic is there to discuss after the gluttony most of us experience over the Thanksgiving and other fall/winter holidays than carbohydrate loading? (Actually, it probably should be excess calorie consumption in general, but you get the idea.) The following is excerpted from The Athlete’s Guide to Diabetes (2019) and gives you a better understanding of the topic from an exercise physiology (and diabetes) point of view. Most athletes can benefit from taking in enough carbohydrate before long-distance events to start exercising with fully restored or even supercompensated glycogen stores. Traditionally, this loading technique consisted of 3 to 7 days of a high-carbohydrate diet combi

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