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Old 01-20-2009, 11:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sugar, gatorade, ur thoughts?

Hey guys, what are your thoughts about drinking gatorade/powerade during workouts and training?

Also what do you guys think about drinking coke for dinner, maybe 3 times a week? 20oz that is.

I know some people limit themselves off sugar, what are the benefits and such?

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Old 01-21-2009, 12:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you specifically trying to lose weight?

Are you training for sport or just lifting?
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Soda should be avoided like the plague. Gatoraid is great to sip on during a workout for the electrolytes but also try to get plain water as well for hydration.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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right now im training for mma. currently doing jiu jitsu, strength/endurance workouts and i play basketball for some cardio.
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Old 01-21-2009, 04:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Your muscles store about 1800 calories in the form of glycogen, once you're through that, your workout is over unless you refuel during exercise. I don't know what MMA training burns per hour, but running at a good clip burns about 800-1000 calories an hour. So if you're planning on going non-stop for 2-3 hours, gatorade is a perfectly good way to get additional calories. If you're not going that long without refueling, then water should suffice, although as scarecrow mentioned, the electrolytes can't hurt, although i doubt you run the risk of hyponatremia.

Also, remember that fat burns in a carbohydrate fuelled fire. So a little sugar here and there during workouts (200-300 calories an hour) may actually help you drop weight in the long run.
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Are you specifically trying to lose weight?
If in fact you are trying to lose body fat, I would cut out any drinks with sugar. Sugar causes a rise in your glycogen levels and your body uses this first as energy. By cutting excess sugar/carbs, your body "switches gas tanks", if you will, and begins to use stored fat as energy.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Personally, i take true mass protein by bsn 4 times a day which contains sugar (but not before going to the gym) and i take super charge nitric oxide 15 mins before hitting the gym. At fist i used to drink water during training but lately i've been mixing water with orange juice (either fresh or concentrated) and i've noticed a difference in a sense that i don't get dehydrated thus not thirsty all the time. I might even say that it has helped me a bit with my training.
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BSN True Mass is a slow burning protein due to the blend, it's good as a meal replacement, but just make sure that at least 60-70% of your calorie/protein intake comes from solid foods. If you want a good post workout protein, stick with a pure whey isolate as it is absorbed quicker and will help with a quicker recovery. BSN's Syntha-6 is one of the best on the market. If you want to stick to one single protein for gaining mass and if BSN is too expensive, try out Cytogainer, it's a bit more economical and works wonders.

Creatine is also good to add for after workouts but is optional.

The NO boosters aren't too bad, but don't believe all the hype. What little energy they give you can be replaced by eating some fruit and/or drinking some orange juice "before" your workout for the insulin spike.
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how much protein should i take? i take one scoop in the morning before breakfast, two after training and one before going to bed (on a training day, otherwise i take 1 scoop in the morning and one before going to bed). Is it too much? I'm on a healthy diet by the way, i avoid junk food, fats etc etc
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I'm assuming that you are trying to gain weight since you are using a high calorie protein shake. If you are trying to gain mass, and not too picky about gaining a few pounds of fat, then go for 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of carbs for whatever your body weight is at this time. If you are going for lean gains and want to minimize the fat gains, go for 2 grams of protein and 1.5 grams of carbs for every pound that you weigh.

My weight fluctuates between 170-175 depending on how much I eat/drink throughout the day. I try to average about 340-360 grams of protein and about 300-330 grams of carbs. My calorie intake is around 3300 for days that I don't go to the gym and about 3800 on days that I do work out.

Also keep in mind that everyone's calorie needs are different. If you are interested, I can post a formula to help you determine your own personal intake needs in order for you make clean gains.
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