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If you are trying to lose weight and burn fat then my advice is to avoid sports drinks altogether. Brands in the UK include Lucozade, Powerade and Gatorade.

These drinks should really be used by people who are trying to replenish their  energy stores so that they are ready to exert themselves again later.

They are not for people wanting to lose weight.  Unless you’re wanting to set a personal best while exercising then you will be able to cope without the added carbohydrate.  Some companies have cottoned onto this fact and now produce lower calorie versions of their sports drinks but be wary and read the labels carefully.

For the majority of people it’s not really necessary to buy these drinks.  If your goal is to lose weight most of these drinks are loaded with sugar and high in calories, so they should be avoided at all costs.

In theory you could spend 30 minutes pounding the streets and burn 300-400 calories and then undo all your good work by replacing those calories straight away.  No wonder you’re not burning fat as fast as you could be.

If fat loss is your goal then avoid these drinks altogether and just drink water and make sure you use some good quality salt in your diet.  The additional salt will help replace the salt that you have lost while exercising.

Water is the key, especially during the summer months.

If you have any questions relating to exercise and hydration, then feel free to email me at stef@stefantaylorfitness.co.uk

Enjoy your Training

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