carb-load

carb-load

To consume large amounts of carbohydrate-rich food, such as pasta, rice, potatoes, etc., as a means of increasing stored energy in preparation for a major athletic event (e.g., a marathon). While some have questioned whether it really helps one's performance, I still carb-load before every big race.
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Because the body is suddenly facing a high carb-load, the excess insulin results in a subsequent blood sugar drop.
Meanwhile, Jimmy learns how Italians can carb-load on pasta but be thinner than us Brits.
It also offers a selection of main courses, ranging from chicken stuffed with black olives, mozzarella and roasted red peppers to crab ravioli with smoked salmon pieces and roasted Mediterranean vegetable and sundried tomato pesto pasta - ideal for those who need to carb-load before the big race.
Instead of doing our carb-load dinner at home, we decided to let someone else do the cooking.