April 10th, 2009
Almost on a daily basis – when I’m at the gym working with my client’s or working out on my own – do I see other exercisers working-up a sweat on the elliptical trainers, or running on treadmills, or pumping lots and lots of iron trying to get into shape. I can only assume that many of these same people are also trying to watch what they eat, making better food choices, or are cutting back on the number of calories that they eat in order to reach their fitness and weight loss goals.
But, unfortunately, I also see them gulping-down assorted sports drinks, vitamin waters or the newest and latest energy elixirs before, during and after their workouts.
I wonder if they’ve bothered to read the Nutrition Facts label on the back of the bottle, and whether they truly understand what it is that they’re drinking.
Turning to sports drinks, energy drinks and/or vitamin-enhanced water in order to supplement and/or replace nutrients that you would otherwise be getting from whole foods; or to improve your performance, may be doing a disservice to all of the hard work, blood, sweat and tears that you have been putting into your workouts at the gym.
Many of these drinks are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, sugar and caffeine, and in my opinion don’t contain enough quality nutrients to offer any substantial health benefit, make a noticeable difference in your workouts, your performance or to justify the cost.
According to many recent news reports, the average American adult consumes, approximately 28 ounces of sugary liquids (soda, juices, sports drinks…) a day, which adds up to about 300 calories a day.
If you multiply that by 365 days you would get a total of 109,500 calories.
It would take a 150lb man, 209 days, running at 10mph, for an hour every day, to burn off all of those sugar calories… that’s over six months!
Don’t believe the HYPE!
To learn more about the dangers of liquid calories,
Go To: You Are Also What You Drink, Fewer Sugary Drinks Key To Weight Loss, Do Energy, Sports Drinks Live Up To The Hype? And Diet Tip: Watch What You Drink.
Also read Dr. Melina Jampolis’s (Physician Nutrition Specialist for CNN) answer to this question: Can drinking lots of water help you lose weight?