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carbohydrate loading

the practice of eating high amounts of carbohydrates, sometimes after a period of low carbohydrate intake, for several days immediately before competing in an athletic event, especially a marathon, in order to store glycogen in the body, thereby providing greater reserves of energy. Unabridged
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  • carbohydrate loading is a dietary means that has been used to improve performance in endurance athletes.
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carbohydrate loading in Medicine

carbohydrate loading n.
A dietary practice that increases carbohydrate reserves in muscle tissue through the consumption of extra quantities of high-starch foods and is often followed by some endurance athletes prior to competition.

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