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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I eat a balanced diet but the week before the competition I like to carb-load with things like bananas, rice and avocados."
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.
CARB | OVERLOAD YES, carbs give you energy, and text books say you should 'carb-load' for four to seven days prior to the marathon.
He said: "I remember our team sat down to dinner one night and as rugby players you're piling in as much food as you can have to carb-load before a game.
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.
Food on the grill, carb-loaded side dishes and high-sugar desserts are at the centre of most seasonal parties.
This type of carb-loaded gristle is fast becoming the staple diet in many homes, a frightening reality but the stats don't lie.
Carb-dense foods like white bread, rice, cookies and carb-loaded sports drinks must be avoided.
Instead over the next five weeks, whilst I jot down everything that passes my lips, I shall be found staring contemptuously at people munching away on chips, pain au chocolat, pizza and other deliciously carb-loaded delights.
Consumers are looking for added nutrition from everything they eat, and whole and ancient grains give an added boost of protein, fiber and other nutrients to a very traditional carb-loaded category," explains Brett Vegas, marketing manager for Boulder, Colo.-headquartered Sage V Foods.
Indeed, fried or not, vegetables such as sweet potato, beetroot, parsnip and carrot have got to be better and more nutritious for you than carb-loaded potatoes.
By exercising less the week before the marathon, your muscles will have the time they need to store carbohydrates and become fully carb-loaded.
Christmas dinner is an epic feast in itself: nobody needs a precursor to a plateful of carb-loaded vegetables, turkey and trimmings.
Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler - previously paired with her late pet Pudsey - is whipping new mutt Sully into shape ahead of his agility tournament at Crufts in March, after overindulging on his favourite carb-loaded treat: bread.