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I play water-polo It is a physically demanding sport Sometimes during games I am exhausted and then there are times in other games when Im energized I began to wonder why this happens Could it possibly be because I live on bread I have always thought what I ate didnt really matter Could it be what you are is what you eat I decided to do a little research on nutrition and the endurance athlete By far the most popular diet for athletes during the past fifteen years has been the high carbohydrate diet otherwise known as carbo-load to the athletic community The foremost authority on athlete nutrition and a big promoter of the high carbohydrate diet is Nancy Clark a nationally recognized nutritionist and author of The Athletes Kitchen The main focus of the high carbohydrate low-fat diet is on calorie consumption According to these nutritionists the calories consumed need to be primarily in the form of carbohydrates They state that the best fuels for your muscles are carbohydrates either simple sugars such as the naturally occurring sugars in fruits and juices or complex carbohydrates the unrefined grains and starches in whole bread brown rice bran cereal oatmealetc According to Clark et al you store only carbohydrates not protein or fats in your muscles in the form of glycogen muscle sugar During hard exercise you burn this glycogen for energy and if it becomes totally depleted you hit the wall and you feel overwhelmingly exhausted These nutritionists preach that eating a high carbohydrate diet can help prevent early exhaustion1 It is generally known that eating lots of sweets and sugary foods before exercise can hurt your performance When you eat concentrated sugar your body secretes insulin Insulin is a hormone that carries the sugar away from your blood into the muscles Therefore the combined effect of the insulin with the exercise causes the sugar in your blood to drop abnormally low and you may
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