Quick science lesson:
Glycogen is the primary fuel used for bursts of muscular endurance. Carbohydrates are broken down into glycogen through digestion. Some foods high in carbohydrates break down super fast. Some foods high in carbohydrates break down not as fast. Most foods higher in carbohydrates tend to be mixed with other carbohydrates in an attempt to make them even tastier! This leaves you vulnerable to forgetting to stop eating once you've gotten your fill.
Quick metaphorical question:
What happens to a car when you put too much fuel in the tank?
You know......I'm not actually sure. Let me check google....
According to google, putting too much fuel in your car's tank can "either overwhelm your evaporation system and break something or cause a hazardous leak by the excess pressure in the system. Gas needs extra space to expand in the tank. Extra unneeded gas can damage your car’s vapor collection system, designed to reduce harmful emissions."
That sounds an awful like a bloated, gassy, slow moving, humanoid with a tummy ache.
Hey everybody, guess what happens when you overload on carbohydrates? (Hint: switch out the car parts for body parts in the paragraph above).
When your muscles are fully loaded with glycogen, and you give it MORE carbohydrates to break down into glycogen, you get sick. You feel sluggish. You may sweat a little for no reason.
How do you fix it? Simple. USE YOUR STORED GLYCOGEN! Turn your potential energy into kinetic energy! If you use your stored glycogen then your tank will be empty and you will need to fill it with MORE carbohydrates AND you will feel much better, if not awesome. Sounds like a win in to me!
If you are looking for ways to use up some stored glycogen, check out Part 2 of our Ebook series "How to Train for the Life You're Currently Living." Or you could inquire about our different programs!