Reasons To Reduce Carbohydrate Intake For Athletes

By Shivam B

Carbohydrates are the primary energy source for the body, so a diet minus this essential nutrient is not advisable on a long-term basis. After all, the lack of carbs would also impact the supply of B complex vitamins, folate, fiber, and other micronutrients. However, there are times like the following when taking in fewer carbs can benefit you in the short term.

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Gastric problems 

Consuming extra carbs as simple sugars to get fueled for training might lead to something called gut rot. This is a condition where your gut lacks the healthy bacteria that helps digestion and keeps bloating away. In such situations, you need to cut back on this micronutrient for at least a week or two to let your gut heal. 

Low physical activity 

If you are in the offseason, taking a break, or happen to be a low-volume sportsperson, you can keep your carbohydrate consumption low. In fact, you can change your carbohydrate intake based on the days when you have higher physical activity. For instance, have fewer carbs during busy workdays and more during your weekend trek. 

Getting through the weigh-ins 

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Each gram of carbohydrate brings three grams of water with it. So, reducing your carb intake might be a good idea if you are trying to lose the puffiness to make the weigh-in for particular sports like pole vault or wrestling. 

Keep in mind that it is important to consult an expert nutritionist or dietitian before you decide to reduce your carbohydrate intake.