carbohydrate loading


the practice of eating high amounts of carbohydrates, sometimes after a period of low carbohydrate intake, for several days immediately before competing in an athletic event, especially a marathon, in order to store glycogen in the body, thereby providing greater reserves of energy.

Nearby words

  1. carbocholine,
  2. carbocyclic,
  3. carbocyclic compound,
  4. carbohydrase,
  5. carbohydrate,
  6. carbohydrate-induced hyperlipemia,
  7. carbohydrates,
  8. carbohydraturia,
  9. carbolated,
  10. carbolfuchsin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for carbohydrate loading

carbohydrate loading


A dietary practice that increases carbohydrate reserves in muscle tissue through the consumption of extra quantities of high-starch foods and is often followed by some endurance athletes prior to competition.

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