On this show with Dr. Phil Maffetone, we discuss the top reasons why refined carbs and sugars are so bad for athletes. You often hear how refined carbs and sugar are bad for non-athletes, sedentary populations and in clinical cases (chronic disease, obesity, diabetes, etc), but what about hard-training athletes? We’re taught that endurance athletes need carbs and sugar to fuel, but is this really the case? Or are these “junk” foods just as dangerous for active populations and endurance athletes.
Clarifying common questions:
1. If athletes are usually more insulin sensitive shouldn’t carbs be ok?
2. Do carbs still have a detrimental effect when used during training or racing? Or is it ok because they go straight to working muscle? What does the science say?
3. If refined carbs and sugars are bad, but “no carb” or “very low carb” diets are also risky, what kind of carbs and how many per day are good for athletes?
4. What constitutes a bad vs. good carb?
Top reasons to avoid “bad” carbs:
‘Sleep Low’ Study
Finally, we discuss a recent article in the NY Times and the research study being highlighted: For Serious Training Hold The Carbs At Dinnertime