Are low carb diets appropriate for endurance athletes?

Are low carb diets appropriate for endurance athletes?

Diets that restrict carbohydrate intake, while allowing largely unrestricted consumption of fat and protein, have been popular as weight loss strategies for many years now, with a number of studies showing them to be as successful, if not more successful, than low fat...
Using Carbohydrates During Endurance Exercise

Using Carbohydrates During Endurance Exercise

If you are training for a marathon, long distance cycle race or triathlon, you are probably already using some form of carbohydrate during your longer training sessions, and will be aware of its benefits. But are you familiar with latest guidelines for carbohydrate...
A guide to carb loading for the endurance athlete

A guide to carb loading for the endurance athlete

Do you load up on carbohydrates before your races? And, if you do, have you planned how you will do it in advance, or is it more a case of just eat more pasta than usual? If you are competing in events that will last at least 90 minutes, and are not planning how to...
A guide to protein for the endurance athlete

A guide to protein for the endurance athlete

As someone participating in an endurance sport like running, cycling or triathlon, it’s likely that you give pretty careful consideration to getting sufficient sources of carbohydrate into your diet. You’ll know that carbs are your principal source of fuel, being...