Olympic gymnast uses low-carb

Filed under: Celebrity — Tags: — @ June 28, 2004

US Olympic gymnast Stephen McCain uses a low-carb diet as part of his training routine. While some athletes preach the carb-load doctrine, McCain believes that lower carbohydrate intake allows for short intense bursts of energy:

bq. Having lots of complex sugars stored up–the kind produced by carbohydrates–does not help a gymnast that much. Those energy spurts are best provided by a diet high in protein. Most gymnasts try to get between 60 percent and 70 percent of their calories from proteins (like meats and cheeses), the rest from carbs (like whole-grain pasta, fruits, vegetables) and fats (like oils from peanuts).

We wish Stephen luck in the upcoming games.


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