Why CARBS and CARBO-PRO?
Because CARBS are the best source of energy and the body needs complex carbs - to maintain peak performance.
All carbohydrates are essentially fuel. They are used short-term, like gas in the tank. So, the types and amounts of carbs to provide the right fuel mix, and the timing of their intake to provide an optimum supply, are critical for any endurance performance to succeed. Also, carbs reduce the use of muscle protein for fuel and therefore spare that vital muscle tissue.
There are nutrients which are building materials and nutrients that are fuel. Proteins, vitamins, minerals, and essential fats are predominantly building materials. They are used long-term to grow a better body. CARBS provide quick and simple Energy
What is the importance of CARBO-PRO (carbs) during training?
A good Coach will tell you to finish every training session with the best-expected performance of that session. To do that Training and carbohydrate nutrition must be designed to fit the body's fuel requirement. If you are slower and weaker and out of energy towards the end of the training, you will be slower and weaker and out of energy in the final, crucial minutes of competition. To grow faster and stronger, you have to arrange your intake of carbs in such a way that you finish each training session with fuel to spare.
What is Muscle Glycogen?
Glycogen is the storage form of carbohydrates and is found in the liver and muscles. It is readily converted to glucose to be used as an immediate energy source, especially during vigorous or continuous exercise, such as a marathon. Since glycogen is such an important fuel source for the body, low level of muscle glycogen stores can have detrimental effects on performance. CARBO-PRO is easily absorbed and replenishes muscle glycogen stores very rapidly.
In designing your carbohydrate nutrition, the primary goal should be to achieve the highest level of muscle glycogen and maintain that level, before during, and after exercise/training.
Should I take CARBO-PRO before, during, and after training?
The easiest way to achieve correct carb nutrition is to divide carbohydrate intake into three categories: carbs before exercise, carbs during exercise, and carbs after exercise. Solid carbs (food sources) need time to digest. So, it becomes essential to take in the first solid carbs at least 3 hours before exercise. Take CARBO-PRO at least 30 minutes before exercise. By doing so you would be able to raise blood glucose and improve performance.
What about consuming solid foods before and during training or racing?
Some athletes suffer intestinal distress if they eat solid carbs (food sources) on the day of competition. If you have sensitive guts, you can always safely take up to 200 grams (8 scoops) of CARBO-PRO mixed in water or juice). Habitually take at least 2 scoops of CARBO-PRO at least 30 minutes before a training session or a race.
How much CARBO-PRO should I consume?
Once the exercise begins, the minimum level of carb intake required to maintain and improve performance is 40 grams of CARBS per hour. Evidence suggests that the increased blood glucose levels that result from taking complex carbs throughout the exercise permit a higher overall rate of carbohydrate use throughout. We recommend 70-90 grams per hour as optimum. To achieve that level, you need to drink a bit over a quart of CARBO-PRO per hour. DO NOT USE SOLID FOODS!! They deplete your water; hydration is always your first priority.
How much water should I drink?
To maintain a carb intake of 70-90 grams per hour during exercise, you need to drink a lot, about one 8 oz every fifteen minutes. Carrying a dispenser bottle and sipping repeatedly is definitely the best way. Elite cyclists, triathletes and long-distance runners often carry two or three bottles and change them frequently at aid stations. Sip a 5-10% of CARBO-PRO solution at a rate of 1 quart (35 oz.) per hour during exercise.
How do I decide and plan a proper CARB consuming regimen?
In designing your carbohydrate nutrition, the primary goal should be to achieve the highest levels of muscle glycogen between the finish of one session of exercise and the start of the next. To do this, you have to begin eating carbs immediately after you finish a session. There are excellent studies which show that muscle glycogen synthesis after exercise occurs in two phases - a very rapid rate of synthesis for about 4-6 hours (most rapid in the first 2 hours), then a much slower rate for the next 24 hours.
How much CARBO-PRO should I take immediately after exercise?
The most rapid rate of glycogen synthesis occurs immediately after exercise because the low level of glycogen remaining in the muscles stimulates the activity of an enzyme called glycogen synthase that controls glycogen storage. Carbs must be provided at the same time when glycogen synthase is active. The amount and type of carbs are extremely important. The maximum rate of synthesis in the first four hours after exercise occurs by feeding 112 grams (4 oz.) of CARBO-PRO in 20 oz. of water. Therefore take at least 112 grams (4 oz.) of CARBO-PRO in water immediately after exercise.
Why are CARBS the best source of fuel?
Carbs are the best source of fuel, providing the highest energy. An athlete always must worry about carbs during hard training because it is difficult to get enough of it. Fat yields 9 calories per gram while carbs yield only 4 calories per gram. But the 9 calories from fat comes quite slowly. In the human body fat burns very slowly for energy. The primary fuel for exercise is adenosine triphosphate (ATP). It’s a lot easier for the body to break down muscle glycogen and blood glucose into ATP than to break down fat.
Consequently, ATP is formed a lot faster from carbs than from fat. The rate of ATP synthesis from carbs is about 1.0 mol/min. From fats, the rate is only 0.5 mol/min. So, carbs yield twice as much energy as fats. During anaerobic activity where only carbs are used as fuel, energy formation jumps to 2.4 mol/min, almost five times the energy that can be derived from fat.
What is CARBO-PRO?
CARBO-PRO is pure complex carbs which provide immediate and sustained energy. It is a glucose polymer, derived through a patented process that consists of D-glucose units linked primarily by alpha-1-4 bonds, having a Dextrose Equivalency of less than 16 (high molecular weight). It is a white free-flowing powder prepared by hydrolysis of grains (corn/barley/rice). It's highly safe for direct human consumption. High-performance liquid chromatography analysis of CARBO-PRO determines that the average degree of polymerization, i.e., the number of glucose units joined in the molecule is 6.2. The average theoretical molecular weight is 1,000. The high molecular weight helps in quick absorption.
What is the Osmolality of CARBO-PRO?
CARBO-PRO has a perfect balance of caloric concentration and osmolality. The dextrose equivalency of CARBO-PRO is very low therefore it is low in osmolality even up to 15% to 20% solution in water (200 to 220) lower than body fluid osmolality (280 to 300). For example, the osmolality of sugar at 15% to 20% solution in water is approximately 800. Therefore, sugar at this concentration is too hard on the stomach. Relative to sugars, CARBO-PRO provides higher caloric density without exceeding osmotic balance.
Is CARBO-PRO GMO Free and what is GMO-Free Identity Preserved (IP)?
yes CARBO-PRO is GMO-Free, Identity Preserved and it is derived from a special variety of CORN (sourced in the USA). It is derived through a patented process of hydrolysis of certified Identity-Preserved (IP) CORN which has NOT been genetically modified by bioengineering technology. To ensure that it is IP, purchasing is done through contracts with farmers to buy corn which has not been genetically modified by bioengineering technology. Each lot is accompanied by proper IP documentation (signed certificate of handling that the Corn was always IP , and a signed certificate of origin listing location, producer, and seed corn brand). The corn is further tested by the ELISA procedure to screen for bioengineered genetic modifications. IP campaign is initiated by segregating approved product. The finished product is tested by PCR method by an independent laboratory to ensure the integrity of the production run. Each identity-preserved lot can be recognized by "IP" following the lot number.