Carbohydrate Loading – What It Is and How To Do It

Carbohydrate Loading – What It Is and How To Do It

What is Carbohydrate Loading? Carbohydrate loading is a nutrition technique used by athletes in an attempt to prolong optimal athletic performance and delay the onset of fatigue, or, ‘hitting a wall’. It is also referred to as carb-loading, or carbo-loading.  Transforming Carbs in Food to Energy for Muscles Throughout digestion, carbohydrate-containing foods are broken down into simple sugars such as glucose. These sugars are then absorbed into the bloodstream. Insulin is secreted by the pancreas which enables uptake of glucose from the blood by our liver and muscle cells. Following this it is stored as potential energy in the form…
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How to Fuel Yourself as an Athlete

How to Fuel Yourself as an Athlete

As an athlete, it is not only about eating a healthy balanced diet. Don’t get me wrong of course that is important, but it is equally if not more important that you consider one main thing – performance! What does that mean? It means optimising intake to ensure your intake to ensure you are well fuelled and recovered for your training and performance requirements. An athlete’s requirements could be considered abnormal when you compare them to the general population. After all, an athlete can train as much as 4 to 8 hours per day, compared to the average person who…
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Lisa Middleton Q & A

Lisa Middleton Q & A

Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I work predominantly in sports nutrition and I basically became interested in it just from my own personal interest in sport. I did a lot of sport when I was younger and was just interested in the link between what you ate and how that affected performance. I used to experiment with my own diet and was enthusiastic about learning more. When I was in early high school, probably Year 8 or Year 9, I decided I wanted to work as a sports dietitian. I headed down…
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Jessica Spendlove Q & A

Jessica Spendlove Q & A

Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I grew up in Sydney and did a lot of sport when I was younger, particularly swimming, that was my sport of choice. There were many hours in the pool and lots of training before and after school. While I was Swimming, I actually saw a sports dietitian (Helen O’Connor), and it was at that point I thought, “This nutrition thing is pretty interesting, maybe that’s what I want to do with myself.” By the time I finished high school, I was really interested in sports nutrition…
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Simone Austin Q & A

Simone Austin Q & A

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I always wanted to work in sports nutrition and community nutrition. After graduation, I started working at a community health centre and then shortly after, part-time at the Western Bulldogs AFL club. So, I was doing what I wanted. And then, to cut a long story short (because it’s been 23 years), I increased my sports work when my son was born. It’s been nearly 18 years since then! The next thing I did was work with the Australian cricket team part-time for seven years. I have always…
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Caffeine and Athletic Performance: Everything You Need to Know

Caffeine and Athletic Performance: Everything You Need to Know

Caffeine can be found in a huge range of commonly consumed beverages and foods, and it’s no secret that it delivers an energy hit. Not as common knowledge, however, is the way it can literally improve athletic performance. Caffeine is derived from a range of nuts, seeds and leaves and acts as an adenosine receptor antagonist throughout the body. It increases the production of adrenaline, pushing your body into that “fight or flight” mode. Over the years, caffeine has been shown to enhance athletic performance, with the bulk of these benefits thought to be due to its effect on the…
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