Getting Carbs Right

By now you are an expert on eating a balanced diet. This includes a mix of good quality fat, protein and carbohydrates from sources that have a low glycemic index. If you are a regular joe you may not need to over engineer everything, or take yourself very seriously. If you are a serious athlete, my apologies. You do need every tool possible to shave that extra few seconds you took. For people like you there is a scanner that tells you exactly how many carbohydrates to eat.

This starts by scanning your body at the end of the day. Created by MuscleSound, this scanner measures the level of glycogen in your body. Traditionally this was done by removing muscle tissue from your body and then measuring the glycogen. Now, this same thing can be performed by scanning the muscles instead, saving athletes a lot of pain. The scanner tells you how many carbohydrates you should eat. This is done by providing you a score from 0 to 100. A low score means that you need more carbs. A high score obviously suggests cutting back on the chocolate cookie. No athletes do not eat chocolate cookies. They don’t get to look the way they do by doing so.

There is an interesting inter-play of glycogen levels in your muscles to the kind of training you are doing. Depletion of glycogen is not equal. This process gives you the ability to specifically measure the relationship and alter your diet accordingly. This helps achieve superior performance.

Researchers are now developing use cases for the non-athletic types. You and me, perhaps. What they are discovering is that your level of glycogen varies even when you are not athletically active. Possible benefits could accrue to people who are pre-disposed to diabetes or already diabetic. Simply put, your doctor will be able to call your lie when you claim you didn’t really eat that cookie.



Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.