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Should You Drink Sports Drinks?


Do you ever wonder what you’re really putting into your body when you drink sports drinks, like Gatorade?

Are sports drinks as healthy as the commercials claim they are?

I mean, after all, if you drink Gatorade, you can "be like Mike."

I know that’s one of the reasons I chugged down a lot of Gatordae growing up. :)

So what’s the scoop?

Should you be drinking sports drinks?

Or will drinking them actually sabatoge the lean body you’re developing? 

Jayson Hunter, author of The Carb Rotation Diet clears up the confusion in our latest Q&A.





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2 Responses to “ “Should You Drink Sports Drinks?”

  1. Alan Mokbel says:

    I have a question for Jayson Hunter.

    I have IBS (irratable bowel syndrome) and associated with this is intolerance to several foods, like dairy, gluten based foods, etc.

    Jayson recommends often to have foods high in fiber. Needless to say that fiber is not my friend. I also think I am lacking several digestive enzymes because “being bloated” is part of my life.

    Any recommendations in terms to making digestion easier?

    In case you are wondering:

    I’m 190 lbs, 20% BF. Here’s more or less what I eat on a daily basis:

    1. Oatmeal, protein shake (milk, whey protein, water, banana) and peanut butter

    2. Oatmeal with omelet (egg whites, tomato, onions, mushrooms, nopales – which is a very good cactus here in Mexico). Sometimes, I replace the oatmeal with 3 corn tortillas.

    3. fruit with lactose free yogurt or cottage cheese (of course, I take my pills beforehand)

    4. that meal varies often. I usually have some type of meat (chicken or lean steak) and I have 1 serving of rice with 2 or 3 servings of veggies and sometimes, we prepare a salad.

    5. tuna salad without any pasta, pure veggies.

    I hope this will help you understand my problem, I am always bloated after a meal, no matter what.


  2. Matt says:

    Once again, the calorie monitoring/counting wins!

    I tend to have the Powerade Option..flavored plenty enough and minimal calories (10 per 8 oz.) plus the electrolytes, etc. Good for any “regular” workout. The “Zero” is a bit misleading as it has sucralose…so it’s not literally “zero” calories, but still minimal in the end but a bit less on the electrolyte content. Less on the flavor too. Still good, more of a casual drink (much better then Propel IMO).

    Bit more strenuous workouts without the calories as much may go for the Gatorade G2 which is 25 calories per 8oz. But still should keep it to a 20oz. bottle maximum, otherwise you begin to negate your workout results.

    I also feel the regular Gatorade is generally fine in the more intense, hotter or really longer-term workouts…but again, should keep it to moderation and also have water on hand if available.

    It’s always easy to slug down a 32oz. bottle of Gatorade…but in the end that’s a good 200+ calories consumed. Not good.

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