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What is a carbohydrate-loading diet?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A carbohydrate-loading diet is an approach that many athletes take when preparing for a big athletic event. By increasing carbohydrate intake, you also maximize your energy or glycogen in your muscles, increasing your athletic performance. Usually, a carbohydrate-loading diet is necessary to maximize energy for an event enduring 90 minutes or more. Three to four days before the event, athletes typically increase their carbohydrate intake to 70 percent.

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