carbohydrate

Carbohydrate needs during exercise related to body weight

Carbohydrate needs during exercise related to body weight

An athlete’s body weight has very little to do with carbohydrate requirements.

The amount of carbohydrate needed during exercise varies depending on multiple factors

The amount of carbohydrate needed during exercise varies depending on multiple factors

Jeukendrup explains that the amount of carbohydrates needed during exercise depends on the intensity, type and duration of activity.

The Two Categories of Carbohydrates

The Two Categories of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrate sources can be divided into two categories. Some carbohydrates, like glucose and sucrose, are used rapidly, while others, like fructose, are used more slowly.

The amount and type of carbohydrate athletes need for recovery

The amount and type of carbohydrate athletes need for recovery

van Loon explains the amount of carbohydrate needed after a workout and what sources athletes should look to consume.

Rinsing the mouth with carbohydrate can help improve performance

Rinsing the mouth with carbohydrate can help improve performance

Jeukendrup explains that mouth rinsing can help improve performance. Sensors in the mouth signal the brain which sends a message to the muscles.

Carbohydrate supplements can come in many forms, such as a drink, gel, chews or a bar

Carbohydrate supplements can come in many forms, such as a drink, gel, chews or a bar

While the form of carbohydrate delivery doesn’t impact performance, it is important that carbohydrate supplements are low in fat, protein and fiber.

Carbohydrate and fat use during the later stages of exercise

Carbohydrate and fat use during the later stages of exercise

The thought that the body switches from carbohydrates to fat for energy is a myth. While the levels do change, athletes burn both at the same time.

Advice Given to Athletes on Carbohydrate Loading Has Changed since the 1960’s

Advice Given to Athletes on Carbohydrate Loading Has Changed since the 1960’s

Experts have determined that extreme carbohydrate loading is unneccessary. Athletes can gradually increase their carbohydrate intake while reducing training load leading up to the race.

CARBOHYDRATES, ATHLETES AND WEIGHT LOSS

CARBOHYDRATES, ATHLETES AND WEIGHT LOSS

Carbohydrates are the main fuel source for an athlete during training, so this macronutrient should not be avoided when trying to lose weight.

THE ROLES OF SUGAR AND SALT IN A SPORTS DRINK

THE ROLES OF SUGAR AND SALT IN A SPORTS DRINK

Sugar and salt, along with water and flavor, are the key components of a sports drink. Carbohydrates, including sugars, provide fuel and salt helps replace sweat losses.

ENERGY SOURCES FOR FOOTBALL PLAYERS

ENERGY SOURCES FOR FOOTBALL PLAYERS

The game of football involves repeated, short, high-intensity bursts of muscle contraction. The preferred energy source for burst or sprint activities is carbohydrate.

ENERGY SOURCES FOR STOP-AND-GO SPORTS

ENERGY SOURCES FOR STOP-AND-GO SPORTS

Stop-and-go sports involve frequent transitions from one intensity to another. Therefore, the muscle relies heavily on carbohydrate as the main fuel source.