What is Carb Loading? – Healthy Ketogenic Diet

What is Carb Loading? – Healthy Ketogenic Diet

hello everyone welcome to Mind Blowing
Health and Wellness with Violet Pat
Chat edition I’m Violet and I’m Pat and
today we’re talking about carb loading
right these videos are based on articles
and ideas that Patrick gets in his news
feed and we discuss them because I’m
really trying to help people to
understand how to read something and be
critical about it and make sure that it
fits your plans for your life because
there’s lots of people out there trying
to sell us stuff let’s start with the
definition of carb loading for those of
you viewers that don’t I don’t know what
what actually it is and myself see is I
haven’t looked it up so exactly are we
calling carb loading so carbo loading is
also commonly referred as carb loading
carbo loading so it means like it’s the
short for carbohydrate loading it’s a
strategy used by endurance athletes such
as runners to maximize the storage of
glycogen in the muscles and deliver
there’s a second part of the definition
carbohydrate loading is also used in
health care to optimize the condition of
patients patients prior to colorectal
surgery so that’s the definition so
basically you fill up on on on carbs
before and basically this is something
for the most part that endurance
athletes or athletes in general would do
we’re not talking about the typical
average person who would be doing a carb
refeed which is a different idea are we
saying that we’re talking about two
different things who different income
things completely how this isn’t me
interesting so okay so the first thing
I’m gonna say is the idea that I have to
carb load so it makes it sound as if I
need to eat extra carbohydrates in order
to optimize the amount of carbohydrates
in my glycogen stores so do you want to
know how much actually you’d say have a
little blurb
before before we get there I’m gonna say
this every one of us who is doing keto
right now is eating 20 grams of carbs or
or less if you’re doing it the
prescribed way and I say prescribed I
mean how the doctors tell us to do it so
for those of us who are doing 20 grams
or less we every day refill our glycogen
daily doing 20 grams or less per day so
my first like the first thing that comes
to me is if they’re telling us to eat
extra carbs to do this I’m a little
confused but I’m gonna keep an open mind
to hear why and this was this little
blurb that I’m about to read like was
taken from a website called
runner’s world because you mentioned
colorectal cancer colorectal surgery
which is usually for you who to have
colorectal cancer so you’re having some
kind of portion of your intestines
rectum rectal because I’ll call in and
so you need some kind of something
either either repaired or removed okay
so the reason that I’m gonna point to
point out this is that basically what it
sounds like doctors are doing is how
people eat extra carbohydrates so they
will have energy stored up energy stored
up so that after surgery when they will
not be able to eat because I can’t
process mmm they’re gonna have extra
energy so guess what
if you have even 5 pounds to lose I
really got food on me they’re using doc
so this is just I’m just putting that
out there because to me I feel like
that’s kind of not necess but I’m gonna
wait and hear what they’re saying so
like the runners the runner’s world
article said that like okay I’m gonna
leave the names out well it recommends
eating about four okay so recommends
eating about four grams of carbs for
every pound of body weight so for carbs
for every pound so so I’m sorry wait
yeah yeah so for a 150 pound runner like
that person should consume 600 grams per
carbs per day for a 150 pounds runner
which is really light like a light
runner I’m so confused
so is this during a run or they saying
every day I should do this so basically
it’s not everyone that should carbo load
it’s more than a marathon yeah it’s
mostly marathon runners so oh at least
all the article
found agree on that if if you if you’re
doing like a 90 minutes to two hours or
the less of a run or exercise you don’t
need to do that so in the end everybody
agrees agreed on that if you do like a
two hours run for example so long
marathon then it could be a good idea to
do it but how would I do it how you
would do it yeah is to eat the easiest
absorbed carb in your systems you’re not
even looking for the good carbs you want
the carbs like pasta rice so this is
before I do my route before like so they
recommend between 48 like 24 to 48 hours
before the event the carbo-load like you
and probably on the date so the to do 48
hours so you would you would have like
600 grams of carbs per day for the two
days prior to the race first question I
have for you like at 40 hours like if
I’m eating like 600 grams 48 hours
before my race with my system well we
have time to store those those sugars in
my fat storage they’re not going to be
available in my car I couldn’t store
like for that long but here’s the thing
about here’s a rumor problem comes in we
have the ability to store 2,000 ish
calories worth of carbs at any
particular point in time from what the
doctors that I’ve listened to okay I’m
not making up this number we can store a
day’s work 2,400 calories according to
those mats but you also have to consider
that I am walking around with it on me
already so oh yeah sure the math is not
gonna work out like that because if I
have zero grep so again don’t forget
these are not people who are doing keto
like us yeah and also don’t forget that
even people like us we’re doing heal our
glycogen storage is always kept
up-to-date so if I’m up to date already
mm and then I eat 600 that’s another
day’s worth that I just eaten what and
my body’s gonna do with what is gonna
put it in the
cuz I don’t need all of that this is the
reason that we try to keep our grams of
carbs at 20 or less because your body is
not so stupid as to actually let you
completely deplete unless of course
you’re running a marathon in which case
then that’s good so so this is what this
is not what I was expecting to hear I’ll
be honest this is not what I was
expecting to hear and I’m gonna maybe at
some point give you my idea when eating
a large influx might be but I mean it
might be because here’s the other thing
I’m gonna say it’s it’s a really weird
thing that our body does it’s not like I
put it in my mouth and boom I have it
right which is why they’re saying to do
this 24 hours before the problem is we
can only store about a day so whether I
take an extra half a day’s worth or an
extra once the storage you know it’s
like if you have a locker and you put
you know all your furniture in it and
now the locker is full and then someone
comes along and says hey I got a
brand-new dresser for you this is for
you put in your locker
if the locker is full there’s nowhere
for you to put that dresser it’s gonna
sit out in the rain and get ruined
that’s what’s gonna happen to the
dresser right so on some level you have
to recognize that if it’s full it’s full
so if I’m eating 600 grams if I’m eating
600 grams which is you’re right it’s
four times is 2,400 calories worth of
energy that I’m eating and again you
remember your body doesn’t care how much
calories but I’m just looking at the
numbers here 600 grams is gonna put your
body at a place where it’s like storing
this as fat as fast as it possibly can
because really what you’ve just done is
about 20 No about nine hours later your
body got an influx of sugar into its
system well somewhere between four and
nine hours right because it’s slowly
slowly happening that it can’t manage it
has to put away so right away I get I’m
so confused by why they think that the
is gonna be like just from a biological
point of view why they think that you’re
gonna be able to tap this there’s
another thing I’m gonna say though when
you eat carbs so it goes in my mouth and
from this how it goes in my mouth until
it’s making its way to the ocean we’ll
say it like that you’ve got about eight
to nine hours right so again if you
think about it like you’re not so so
then basically you could instead of the
48 hours if you want to do that for
whatever reason you probably would be
better doing it like maybe 12 hours
before you’re let’s say you go on a
three hours marathon or something like
that okay to me but the best idea is eat
normally right up until so eat like
again you guys are the people that are
actually thinking about doing this
ecards so eat normally right up until
that morning and then while you’re on
the run you eat fast because you’re
gonna deplete and so like because don’t
forget it’s like it’s the whole process
that takes eight hours so if I’m running
and I’m low on energy so at some point I
am because I’m using it now if I eat
something so probably like just before I
go on the run I had a hit of some carbs
and then I start running right away I’m
using while it’s being digested that
might help I could see that helping me
but I guess for me there’s a real
question mark as to why we ignore the
processing time our body has to do when
we’re talking about how energy affects
us I never eat what I’m gonna eat today
for my workout today I know that every
bit of energy that I’m using my workout
today is coming from what I ate
yesterday for yesterday 24 to 48 hours
at this point but at the same time I
can’t say oh I’m gonna workout tomorrow
and so tomorrow because I’m working out
tomorrow I’m gonna eat double yeah we’re
not talking about we’re Catholic like I
said it’s like if you go it’s mine if
you go like the regular workout like for
an hour an hour and a half they all say
you don’t need to do that I do you think
probably some people do but like you
don’t need to do it but what is the
other thing you’re saying it’s about 24
hours later really but the thing is is
that again my question is why does every
one thing that my body is gonna take in
this extra energy and just hold there
waiting for the event like if my body
knows there’s an event coming no it’s
gonna take it in and do it always does
put it away and then I’m still gonna
have to on the run pull it back out but
I’m not pulling it out of that sort it’s
harder for me if I’m not fat adapted to
get that out of fact so it doesn’t
logically jive with everything I’ve
heard doctors say about how your body
works you’re gonna still hit that wall
so that you know that that Runners wall
as they call it you’re gonna still hit
the wall why because when I’m depleted
my my glycogen stores and I have to go
into fat storage my body’s not used to
doing that not as efficiently as my body
is probably if I was making a big
three-hour run I would get able to pull
those faster easier and I’m not even a
runner but I think I’d be able to pull
those fats Tory talking about the wall I
was going there like the main reason you
would want to do that is is to avoid
that wall so so from what I understand
like at some point during the marathon
you will deplete your glycogen stores
and you will end up like in fat-burning
mode for your energy and and it’s like
basically from what from what I
understood is getting a key to through
while you’re in the marathon you know
when you body switch from from from
glucose to that’s why you want you would
want to do that but here’s the thing and
every person who’s ever done the switch
so for all you people that are watching
this who are actually doing keto
lifestyle you know that when you were
doing the switch it took two days so
still is carb loading gonna help me and
access that fat that’s in storage think
about this for a second that’s like
saying that I’m gonna put gas in my car
so I fill the tank and then I’m gonna
put gas in my backyard and then I’m
gonna go for Drive and then I’m gonna be
able to get the gases in the backyard
into my car wall and drop how if I have
to do that switch over to fat
to fat but I’m not fat adapted it takes
two days mm-hmm
how am I gonna get that energy not five
minutes during America it’s not five
minutes during math no I mean the truth
is you’re gonna get some because of
course we’re all on some level able to
access the fat that’s in our body I mean
that’s why we don’t die in our sleep
when I know like they’re able to access
the fact that’s there when we have the
flu we don’t die we’re able to access
but along with accessing it comes all
those other symptoms because it’s just
what’s going to happen hmm your body’s
not used to getting that it’s a struggle
it’s not just gonna and get it easily
right there’s a lotta process and it’s
looking for sugar it’s pushing get a
meal get a meal get a meal get a meal
you’re running you can’t stop her to get
a meal get him yup unless you get one of
those little packets of energy that they
love to those runners love to take and I
I feel like see this is what I thought
you were gonna say the carb letting
happened and while we are reckoning
which to me still I’m not sure because
it’s processed carbohydrates that are
very easily absorbed yes those are gonna
get through your stomach and get into
your system faster because they are so
refined so in that level yes those ones
are gonna help you because your body’s
gonna have access quickly mm-hmm but if
you’re eating pasta and it still needs
to break it down to like you you don’t
see athletes running with a sandwich
right you see them running with those
little packets there was one article
talking about the downsize because it’s
not like all they’re not they don’t all
agree that it’s a good thing like a
bunch of articles that I saw like they
do say like it’s probably not even a
good thing is a very specific thing you
want to do before is very specific
events so anyway the downsides like
they’re talking about water retention I
think you already covered that in your
videos for every gram of carbs you
ingest like there’s another three grams
of water retention happening and that’s
probably not a good thing baby for
athlete before marathon it could be a
good thing but like the doctor was
saying like be really careful the water
retention is not the reason
they’re not gonna do it but was there
another any other negatives no I was
they were talking about that yeah this
can be one of the okay this can be
wanted effect for some runners but but
but Porter’s can increase their water
retention and overall body weight which
can negate oh yeah which can negative
negatively affect the race performance
so basically if you have four times the
water retention before your because you
carb loaded like you’re gonna be heavier
and that might not be the best thing to
rings okay I mean for sure obviously
there’s gonna be water retention a
hundred percent if you’re taking in some
but Oh see I’m saying a hundred percent
if my body is used to me eating lots of
carbs you might already be living with
water retention so are you even gonna
notice that probably not but I think I’m
more I’m I’m more concerned that
nobody’s talking about the fact that
this these carbs you’re eating are not
just sitting around waiting for you to
use them the next day like your body is
not gonna leave 600 grams worth of car I
mean our body has five at any particular
point in time
you just ate 595 extra you think your
body is just gonna leave it floating
around waiting for you to know it’s
gonna put it away mm-hmm as fast as it
possibly can yeah right so you’re
pulling from fat stores no matter what
you’re doing this story I don’t
understand why people don’t understand
that because for me it’s clear but do
you eat carbs they get put away period
I’ve seen a bunch of articles to like
mentioning like those marathon runners
that actually they do better on keto
they do a keto a keto lifestyle keto
diet and they do they do better because
in the end what’s what’s happening is
they don’t have that wall they’re
talking about because they’re already
fat adapted yes okay can just can like
an can just that be the answer to not do
that like carbo loading thing is just
like oh if you do a ketogenic lifestyle
and you’re a marathon runner yeah I
actually believe that you probably run
much further much easier Robert Sykes
from Quito savage he did a marathon I
think he trained for it he trained even
for two months like he had never run a
marathon before and he finished the
marathon not his feet totally messed up
cuz he’s never run a marathon before key
and in a very short period of time he he
put himself up to running bad distance
his feet were like messed up but the
point is he finished the marathon and he
didn’t have a wall right and he I think
I think he had one packet or two packets
of I don’t know if it was a nut butter
if it was some kind of coconut oil in
his pocket I think he only actually ate
one okay in the entire run so it’s like
there are people who are trying to show
that is absolutely possible to do
marathons actually Robert also got his
pro card he’s a bodybuilder he actually
got his pro card while doing he toe he
didn’t never had a pro card before he
got his pro card doing keto so I mean
this idea that you can’t be a high level
athlete on keto is absolutely false
we have lots of other channels that I
know of that I follow goodie beats Jason
Witt rock oh the other guy that Roberts
always hanging out with the cameras name
right now it’s it’s interesting to me
that people think that you need carbs
and to work out it’s not reality you
know I’m just gonna throw this out there
what’s the strongest I should I know
this is actually the strongest but like
what some I’m very muscular animal in
the wild I guess I would say a lion any
feeling Lions don’t eat grass Lions
don’t eat and veg special and they don’t
eat fruit and they’re muscular as heck
what do they do they eat meat and lay
around right so I feel like it’s just we
need to think about this differently how
are we seeing what we’re eating
affecting us really matters and I think
that when we put an idea in our head
that the only way to get something is
this way so if we put the idea that you
have to have carbs to be able to have
click energy then we look for carbs to
have quick energy and the funny thing is
we always have carbs for quick energy
that’s the other part of this is so
whether I eat carnivore keto
or standard American diet I always have
carbs for quick energy because my body
if I do carnivore so let’s say I
absolutely Carnivora
then when I need the cars my body makes
them and replenishes my glycogen stores
because just in case I need to run away
from someone right I can if I have to
run away from a dog I can right so they
the carbs are there I needless to say if
you if you have like 600 grams of carb
like maybe 48 hours you’re not gonna
stay with those 600 grams of carbs for
248 hours like your body will want more
and more and more like we know how
especially if it’s the the fast
absorbing kind there you’re gonna be
like starving a few hours after eating
those 600 carbs probably like and you
just wanna eat more so so stay big
assumption that when they said 48 to 24
hours they’re talking about the suppers
so that you would have some kind of rice
in your supper one day and some kind of
past and your supper another day or
something I was the assumption I was
making but I mean the you have to
remember that many athletes who have
this mentality already are eating every
few hours yeah that’s what they do so
basically all that means is that for
those 48 hours you might be right maybe
they’re just having passed the pass to
rice rice pasta pasta in every snack or
whatever that they’re having mmm again
you know we need to understand how the
food we eat affects us what our body
does what it matters and I know that if
you would actually go and look at a
biology book and see like how does food
get processed what happens to it once it
goes in our mouths before it goes to the
ocean you’re gonna see that there’s no
word that it says that you can hold on
to a bit of carbs and wait for something
that doesn’t happen
it’s either being put in glycogen
storage being stored in other parts of
like being used by other parts of us
that we need are in our brain in some
blood cells in right so there’s little
places where I think part of the liver
there’s little places where that is
getting used and the rest of it is going
to storage that’s what happens your
marathon runner trying the key to a
lifestyle definitely just marathon
registers trying to key the lifestyle
I would say is if you are already eating
carbs this is not gonna harm you if this
is the way that you live your life and
you’re a marathon runner like we’re
having one day where you have 600 grams
of carbs isn’t gonna hurt you honestly
if you’re going to if your Kido and
you’re gonna do a marathon and you think
you need to carb-load
people don’t do it don’t do it you’re
gonna get more energy out of the fact
that you actually swim just move you
can’t talk about like how many people in
the quito world believe that if they’re
gonna run a marathon they need carbs hmm
right they need to switch and be carb
loading because about this imaginary
wall that they might hit them right and
it’s not imaginary if you’re basing your
life on carbohydrates if that’s how you
live your day but when you’re keto
adapted so fat adapted you’re constantly
pulling out of your fat stores so if
that’s what you’re doing if you’re
running a marathon and your fat adapted
you do not need to carb load because
actually get pulling that energy out of
fat stores is gonna be much better for
you as a matter of fact the thing that I
would also say I’ll take that a step
further I’m sorry to say this out loud
if I’m found adaptive and I decide to
carb load I might reawaken especially if
I’m a person who was overweight and if I
was a person who was addicted heavily to
carbs if my reason for being in this
lifestyle is that I want to keep myself
in check and I want to I want to protect
myself from getting diabetes or
Alzheimer’s or some kind of metabolic
situation because I was addicted to
carbs reintroducing carbs as a carb load
scenario because I’m gonna do a marathon
could put me in a spiral where all of a
sudden I’m chasing those carbs is the
same thing like you wouldn’t ask an
alcoholic to have just one glass because
it’s gonna throw them back into a an
alcoholic situation right you need to
know yourself and make decisions based
on who you are you know it’s hard but
don’t let an article or a book or even
somebody on the internet tell you to do
something that’s going to put you in a
bad situation
before we end up this chap my question
was if you’re let’s say for example
you’re a quito marathon runner obviously
your problem you probably already have a
super low fat percentage percentage on
your body would you fat load you before
a race or something would you eat more
fat to make sure you have the energy to
go through the the tree hours marathon
hours you still wouldn’t act you don’t
forget that a regular weighted person
it’s a regular weight it has months of
energy on their body so even if I’m a
really light so I’m I’m close to my the
sound close to my minimum amount of body
fat I still have body fat which unless
if you didn’t your doctor would be
worried hmm so if I’m healthy but low
body fat I’m still gonna be able to have
enough energy to get through the race
now what might I feel hungry while I’m
running that could happen because your
body’s you don’t want right to preserve
that fat what I would suggest is again I
would probably just focus on eating
normally and making sure that I have
enough energy to get through the race
and when I would take because along
these races you can take energy so you
can take water you could take I would
probably go for some coconut oil like
wait Robert Sykes do
he had coconut oil packets in his pocket
I believe and maybe nut butters I’m not
exactly sure but he had stuff in his
pocket that had fat in it and even
honestly in that scenario a little
packet of MCT oil because MCT oil is
very quick absorbing and gives you
energy right away probably be the answer
to that problem right again a for either
one of these athletes I think having a
little packet of something that’s fast
absorbing and gonna give you the epic
your body is gonna be able to actually
use it right away it makes much more
sense than eating a meal yesterday and
thinking that my body’s gonna hold on to
that energy for for tomorrow I don’t
understand how that would work yeah okay
so whether you’re body builder like
doing HIIT training or a long distance
you don’t need to you don’t need a car
you don’t need the carbs no I would are
definitely agree with that statement
that regardless of which one of those
you’re doing you don’t need the carbs
your body makes the card
you need and if I’m in the middle of the
situation in my body needs carbs gonna
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8 thoughts on “What is Carb Loading? – Healthy Ketogenic Diet

  • I'm wondering the same thing as you, Violet, how do the marathon runners access their stored fat once the glycogen stores are gone…? Seems like carb-loading should happen a few hours before a marathon instead of a day or two prior. I've read where fat-adapted athletes have better endurance (without the traditional carb-loading) but fast-twitch muscle fiber activities (like dancers and sprinters and heavy weight lifters) need a bit of glucose before their activities. I'm still so new to keto that I don't know but I love learning! Thanks for your videos 🙂

  • Tim Noakes, Jeff Volek and a few others have done studies on this. They have shown eating Keto works very well for athletes.

  • Hey guys it is amazing to hear both of you explaining everything so clear and to the point! I love it!
    Violet you are such a magnificent woman and I always Love to hear your videos. When you are explaining a topic, everything is so clear and knowledgeable for us to get the point right away and continue educating ourselves for a better health!

    God bless

    God bless,

  • The more I thought about this, the more I realized that marathon runners often build up to running long distances. I do believe that it is likely that over the course of months of training, they are teaching their bodies to dip into fat storage. But since most people believe carbs are the only energy source, they are giving credit to carb loading the day before. Not likely from what I understand about how the body works. I would love a doctor to talk about this and help people to understand the truth.

  • How crazy!! The hunter-gatherers who did a marathon while tracking an animal were in a long fast and it made them stronger while the animal became exhausted.

  • Love these discussions that take us out of our normal routine and make us think. Great video Pat and Violet, many thanks!

  • Professor Tim Noakes, an avid runner, had written a book on marathon running and fueling with carbs. Then after reading one of Dr. Westman's books and looking at the science, he wrote another saying he was wrong. He's all about fat for fuel now. He has a very interesting story/life. 👍😊

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