Carbohydrate loading found to actually benefit marathoners

The New York Times reports in its “Well” blog on a study at the University of Minnesota on the benefits of carbohydrate loading before a marathon. The study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, “found that carbo-loading can be effective for both men and women.”

The study was based on students enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s Physical Education 1262: Marathon Training class.

The students “kept detailed food diaries” for three days before the marathon. “Statistical analysis showed, those runners, both men and women, who’d eaten the most carbohydrates on the day before the race finished faster than those who’d eaten fewer carbohydrates that day.”

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