Carbohydrates provide the best and most readily available source of energy for your body during intense training or competition and are vital for keeping your muscles and mind operating at peak performance. Just as recovery and muscle repair are important, carbohydrate intake ensures that event fatigue does not set in. Training and post exercise nutrition are essential for consistent performance, but to prevent and delay event fatigue, carbohydrate replenishment is equally important. Carbohydrate loading helps endurance athletes to avoid “hitting the wall.”
The storage form of carbohydrates is glycogen. The idea here is to super-saturate glycogen levels so that the body never has to dip into protein for energy production. The higher the level of carbs in the body, the more likely you are going to remain in an anabolic environment. Carbs also play a role in the release of insulin. As you know, insulin is the body’s most potent anabolic hormone. It promotes gluconeogenesis, protein synthesis, and the formation of adipocytes. In short, the release of insulin is required to promote an anabolic environment, and carbs help by releasing insulin.
Carbohydrates provide the body with the much needed material to restore muscle glycogen that has been used up during exercise. They also promote recovery and growth to aid in gaining muscle mass. It is extremely important to reload your glycogen levels after strenuous training. By restoring muscle and liver glycogen stores, you may experience minimal fatigue.
Waxy maize is a unique carbohydrate because it has a faster absorption rate than maltodextrin or dextrose. Waxy maize has the ability to bypass the stomach and enter the small intestine for immediate absorption into your muscles. Waxy maize’s ability to shuttle all these nutrients and starch directly into the small intestine gives the body an immediate “pump” you can feel in your muscles post-workout.