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Test Gym

Carbo-Loading is Dead. Long Live Carbs!

What the science now says about housing pasta for peak athletic performance

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7 min readFeb 5, 2020


Test Gym is a new Elemental column about the science of exercise.

WWhen I was a high school cross-country runner a few decades ago, my team would gather for dinner the night before meets to load up on pasta…



Christie Aschwanden

Author of GOOD TO GO: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery (Norton, 2019). Twitter: @CragCrest