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Enhanced Endurance Performance using "Sleep Low" Carbohydrate Periodisation Strategy

December 27, 2016

Short-term restriction of carbohydrate (CHO) intake using a "sleep-low" strategy can benefit endurance performance 🚴
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Low-carb diets have become all the rage over the past few years, with people promoting the use of ketogenic and high-fat diets which can upregulate biochemical pathways that could improve endurance performance 🧀
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Whilst there are some benefits to using such diets, for sporting performance chronic periods of low-carbohydrate availability can negatively impact the bodies ability to utilise carbohydrates ☝️️
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Therefore, in order to get the benefits of low-carbohydrate diets, without diminishing ability to use carbs, strategies like "sleep low" can be employed 🛌
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In general, it's still an early area of research but with more evidence coming out to support to use of "train low" and "sleep low" protocols, for you endurance athletes out there, manipulating your carb intake accordingly could facilitate additional training adaptation 📈
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The abstract to the current paper by Marquet and colleagues can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/26741119/ 👈

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