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Carbohydrate-Loading Diet

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Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook by Nancy Clark, RD. Campaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1997.

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center: Fitness, Sports, and Sports Nutrition

Sportscience, an interdisciplinary site for research on human physical performance


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