Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates

During a long intensive training, carbohydrates are the most important fuel for an endurance athlete. Carbohydrates are stored in the body in the liver and in the muscles. The stock is normally sufficient for 60 to 90 minutes of effort. For athletes it is important to find a good balance between the different carbohydrates. Maxim Sport Nutrition contains an optimal carbohydrate ratio of 2:1 maltodextrin:fructose. This ensures sufficient energy during long, heavy training sessions or competitions. This carefully calculated ratio of carbohydrates is based on the latest scientific findings regarding the optimal absorption of carbohydrates by the body during exercise.
Research shows that carbohydrates from a product containing several types of carbohydrates (and not only glucose) are better absorbed because different carbohydrates are transported through the body by different carriers.
In addition to glucose and fructose, which mainly produce fast and direct energy, Maxim also contains maltodextrin. Maltodextrin is a glucose polymer, which means that it supplies your intestines with glucose molecules, but with a slightly slower absorption than glucose. The energy that is released from maltodextrin therefore yields longer energy. While other glucose-based sports nutrition only delivers 60 g of carbohydrates per hour, Maxim's optimal 2:1 mix delivers 90 grams per hour. This way your body is provided with an extra "supply of" new energy.

Less sugar - More power!

The human body can not function without glucose (= sugar). Glucose is the most important source of energy and essential for your burning and the proper functioning of your brain. But ... you need much less sugar than you think, because your body releases glucose from other nutrients such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates. An excess of sugar is stored as fat and that is not always desirable. For athletes it is important that you pre-load the energy reserves in your muscles (in the form of glycogen) before exercise. Your body releases the easiest energy from carbohydrates, both for direct energy and for storing in your muscles (long-lasting energy). Carbohydrates are therefore important for optimal performance. At the moments that you do not sport, we advise you to eat less carbohydrates and replace them with proteins! For both power athletes and endurance athletes, protein is important building material. Proteins maintain muscle mass, they support the construction of new protein structures in your muscles and therefore contribute to more strength.

How much carbs do you need?

Carbohydrates are especially important in the run-up to and during a training / competition. It is important to maximize the energy supply in your muscles beforehand. Do not eat too much, just before a workout, because that costs a lot of energy. It makes you tired - both in your head and in your body. During sports, you must ensure that the energy level is maintained. A good guideline then is to eat about 1 gram of carbohydrates per kg of body weight per hour. For an athlete of 80 kg, this amounts to 80 grams of carbohydrates per hour. More than this amount of 60-80 grams of carbohydrates per hour cannot be absorbed by the body. An excessive amount of carbohydrates retain moisture. This can lead to diarrhea and impede the rapid absorption of fluid from the intestines. Carbohydrates are absorbed faster and easier when you drink with them. For a maximum intake of carbohydrates by the body, we recommend taking products with different carbohydrate sources in a ratio of 2:1 (maltodextrin:fructose).
Experience has also shown that eating solid food during a difficult workout is difficult. Maxim therefore has an ideal alternative to a bar, a banana or bread. Maxim Power Gel Drink / Maxim Energy Gel / Maxim Energy Gel Drink contain an optimal combination of carbohydrates for long-lasting energy.

Carbo loading

For a maximum carbohydrate supply, we advise stacking extra carbohydrates a few days before the exercise / competition with the help of Maxim Carboloader. Maxim Carbo loader is especially suitable for optimizing the carbohydrate stores in the muscles. With Carbo Loader it is easy to increase the amount of carbohydrates in the diet, without having to eat a lot as an athlete. Use Maxim Carboloader 2-3 days prior to your competition. On the day you use it 2-3 hours before the start, with your breakfast 2-3 scoops. You get the most effect when you eat the carboloader after training. The training may not be exhaustive during that period.