Carbohydrate loading in human muscle: an improved 1 day protocol

Vanessa Bussau, T. Fairchild, A. Rao, P. Steele, Paul Fournier

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It is generally acknowledged that even without a glycogen-depleting period of exercise, trained athletes can store maximal amounts of muscle glycogen if fed a carbohydrate-rich diet for 3 days. What has never been examined is whether under these conditions this many days are necessary for the content of muscle glycogen to attain these high levels. To examine this issue, eight endurance-trained male athletes were asked to eat 10 body mass of high-carbohydrate foods having a high glycaemic index over 3 days, while remaining physically inactive. Muscle biopsies were taken prior to carbohydrate loading and after I and 3 days of eating the carbohydrate-rich diet. Muscle glycogen content increased significantly (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-295
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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