A Guide to Carbo-Loading

A Guide to Carbo-Loading


You’ve done it at least once. The night before a race you decided to carbo-load by chowing down on a monstrous bowl of pasta, only to wake up feeling bloated, lethargic and generally gross as you toed the start line.

Ask any Regular Joe what carbo-loading is, and many will say it’s downing a mountain of spaghetti the night before an event. That explains all the porta-potties at every race, says Spartan Pro Team member Matt Novakovich. People eat three times as much as they normally would, he says. Then the body doesn’t know what to do with it all, so it . . . “expels” it.

Good carbo-loading before a race is as important as a good strength and conditioning program. But the right way to carbo-load isn’t to eat a ton before your event. In fact, good carbo-loading means not changing your eating habits much at all. Continue reading “A Guide to Carbo-Loading”