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SERGEANTMAJOR
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6/11/12 11:52 P

When you do not use the yolk of an egg you are throwing away the nutrients, the white is only protein and needs the yolk for proper digestion and nutritional value.



PRTYBRD
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6/11/12 10:22 P

Thanks for the great ideas everyone. I'm not a huge Gatorade fan for some of the reasons mentioned (it's basically sugar water), so I'm glad to hear I have other options. I honestly never thought of just having chocolate milk. The Propel or G2 sound like they might be easier to take along with me, though.



LUCKYNUMBER23
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6/11/12 10:15 P

I like G2 after I work out in the heat. Only 45 cal per bottle, plus it is not as sweet as regular gatorade.



GBAUM0432
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6/11/12 8:32 P

I prefer water



JCWATL
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6/11/12 6:44 P

I mix Propel fitness powder into my water for long, sweaty workouts and it makes a HUGE difference.

I used to get kind of dizzy and pukey driving home from the gym. Since I added the Propel a year or two ago that feeling is totally gone.

It is possible that I could get the same result with something else but the propel packets are handy, tasty and only 20 calories.



AMANDAREB
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6/11/12 4:53 P

I think Gatorade is ok for the right reasons. Basically- it's sugar and salt water, both of which is needed after a long workout. I think for shorter workouts, drinking juice or chocolate milk to replace some of the carb energy you just used is good enough. But during or after a long workout, you have to replace the salt electrolytes too... which is the sodium you just sweat out. Bananas are good to replace the potassium electrolytes you lost too.

Not so much for an regular drink or after a short or easy workout. I only drink it during long races like halfs or full marathons, or after a long (10+ mile) run.



ARCHIMEDESII
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6/10/12 2:21 P

On a hot day, if you were walking 16+ miles, you probably would need to replenish some of your electrolytes. However, Gatorade would not be my first choice because it is loaded with HFCS and other preservatives.

Usually, I just drink plenty of water during regular workouts. However, some days I do like having a SOBE or Vitamin Water. Both use stevia instead of HFCS.

If you're looking for a general post workout drink to start repairing those muscle fibers, look no further than a pint of low fat chocolate milk. Chocolate milk has the right break down of carbs, fat and protein. You can read more about it here. there have been lots of studies showing how chocolate milk is a great all purpose post workout drink.

www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-ea
ting/superfoods/chocolate-milk-after-w
orkout/


www.mayoclinic.com/health/sports-drinks/MY
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PAPAMIKIE
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6/10/12 12:22 P

Gatoraid was developed for one the FLA Collage ball teams to balance electrolyte and fuel. I am not personally a big fan.

I would be as likely to go with electrolyte tablets or even things like celery juice with sea salt (I use this in my homemade running gels for electrolyte).





GRIZ1GIRL
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6/10/12 11:07 A

The extra "electrolytes" in Gatorade/Powerade, etc is simply added SUGAR. Check the labels! You'd gain just as much "kick" drinking a glass of orange juice or skim milk.
Personally I don't like Gatorade...I think those drinks are a con job--just like sodas. Marketed to kids, because they're colorful & sugary & fruity. Thanks, but I'll pass.

Personally, I find that extra long workout days leave me hungrier--you may find you gain weight on those days because you inadvertantly eat more after a long workout. It's hard to workout a lot & not overcompensate by eating, eating, eating!

It's a hard balance--try to eat something with a lean protein right after your workout...like a scrambled egg (with or without the yolk!). Add in some veggies for a lovely omelet & you have part of your healthy veggie total for the day. Or try a banana with a teeny bit of peanut butter.....anything to settle the stomach-munchies so you can stay on track.

Good for you for doing what you're doing! Keep up the great work!!! :)

Edited by: GRIZ1GIRL at: 6/10/2012 (11:08)


MPLANE37
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6/10/12 11:03 A

Yes, after 2 hours of exercise in a hot day, you may need electrolytes and thus it would be necessary to consume some sort of sports beverage.



PRTYBRD
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6/10/12 10:43 A

I've been doing a lot of walking to lose my weight, with an extra long walk on Saturdays when I have the time. Yesterday I did about 16 miles. I think I've been doing pretty well at keeping myself hydrated during the walks, and I make sure to drink a lot of water for the rest of the day to help replenish what I lost. However, I'm wondering if maybe I need to be including some Gatorade or other electrolyte drink on these long walk days to replenish electrolytes? I notice the day after my long walks I tend to gain a little bit of weight, which I am sure is all water retention, and I'm thinking it may relate partially to an electrolyte imbalance. What do you other long walkers/runners/bikers do?



 
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