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Endurance Athletes

Explain the following statement: "An endurance athlete who cuts back on carbohydrate intake is committing performance suicide."

- What role do BCAAs and MCTs play in endurance athletes?
- How are the daily energy requirements different for a sprinter versus a marathon runner?
- How would you rank the order of importance of the three macronutrients for the strength athlete?
- How are the energy needs of a team sport athlete different than those of a strength athlete?

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"An endurance athlete who cuts back on carbohydrate intake is committing performance suicide."

Endurance athletes without the proper amount of carbohydrates within their diet will immensely suffer as too little carbohydrates will result in a depletion of glycogen stored in the athletes' body, which will cause the body to obtain protein from your skeletal muscles and organs in order to naturally convert amino acids from these areas of the athletes body into glucose for energy. Obviously, this will result in muscle loss, which will be disastrous for any high performance athlete.

What role that BCAAs and MCTs play in endurance athletes?

In endurance athletes, three BCAAs consisting of L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine are essential for performance because they play a significant role in muscle growth as well as regeneration ...

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