Oh yah you and your awesome riders that totally exist in real life.
I've pasted a list of studies to the end of this response.
Here's an article from a domestic pro that eats the exact same way I specified: http://www.embrocationmagazine.com/online/what-i-eat
R-ALA isn't really a supplement. The fact that you think it is proves how little you really know about nutrition. For athletes that eat a high CHO diet aka endurance athletes R-ALA can have pretty powerful nutrient partitioning and insulin mediation effects. Its pretty commonly supplemented fatty acid, like fish oil or CLA and can also aid in the reduction of inflammation. But yah, steady diet of popping pills all day I guess
Leangains.com or Berardi's site have more than enough info, studies, etc. I can post plenty of links, but you wouldn't read them because they're not from a Hunter Allan book and weren't innovative 5 years ago. Simply googling the term 'intermittent fasting'. Here's a link to a simple e-book that has tons of info and its from someone that's a nutritionist to a lot of olympians and pro athletes (and was a huge skeptic of any sort of fasting) http://www.precisionnutrition.com/intermittent-fasting
If I were a pro or riding more than I can with a day job I'd have that problem and wouldn't care. Fact of the matter is 2.5 hrs is the max I can get on weekdays and its really not that significant since the rest of my day is spent sitting at a desk. You don't need carbs to sit at a desk. The ability to convert glucose to glycogen decreases by over 75% at rest, which is essentially all of your day except the 2-3hrs post exercise (provided it even utilized glycogen to a significant extent). So if you think avoiding carbs for effectively 4 hours of the day (assuming the normal person eats dinner around 8:30 at night, wakes up at a normal time and just simply eats a larger lunch). If you can actually site one single piece of evidence that suggests that for your average person from a job this would impede recovery I would LOVE to see it as would almost all of the sports nutrition community.
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