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Int J Sports Med. 2008 Jul;29(7):598-606. Epub 2007 Nov 14.

Effect of CHO loading patterns on running performance.

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Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.


This study examined the influence of 3-day isoenergetic carbohydrate (CHO) loading with different glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL) meals on running performance and metabolic responses. With a randomized crossover design, nine male runners performed a 1-h run at 70% VO2max followed by a 10-km performance run after a 3-day diet adaptation, which involved different GI and GL meals [CHO intake (%), GI, and GL per day were 73%, 80, and 553 for the high GI and high GL (HH); 73%, 36, and 249 for the low GI and low GL (LL); and 31%, 79, and 227 for the high GI and low GL (HL), respectively]. There were no differences in the time to complete the 10-km run between the two high-CHO trials; however, the performance in the LL trial was improved as compared to that in the HL trial (mean +/- SEM: HH vs. LL vs. HL: 51.3 +/- 5.3 vs. 48.6 +/- 1.3 vs. 55.3 +/- 6.9 min). It appears that the amount, rather than the nature, of the CHO consumed during the 3-day isoenergetic CHO loading may be the most overriding factor on subsequent metabolism and endurance run performance.

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