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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

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How It Works:

When undergoing any type of weight-loss program, the goal is to consume fewer calories than you burn which then results in your positive weight loss achievement. Ideally calories that you burn come from body fat, as opposed to muscle tissue.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case, dependent on how well you control your nutrition and in some cases your body grows more used to any particular program, it begins to adapt to the demands placed on it and as a result your program becomes less effective. Carbohydrate cycling effectively addresses this problem by varying the carbohydrates, consumed daily in such a way that the body is hard-pressed to follow.  The result: consistent fat loss.  In addition, carb cycling allows you to maintain an intense exercise program because you’re still consuming sources of healthy carbohydrates to fuel your workouts.

According to industry experts, carb cycling diets consist of three primary phases: a high-carb day, low-carb day and a no-carb day.  These days are designed to coincide with your specific exercise sessions and goals. For example, on the high-carb day, you perform the highest-intensity exercise to allow for adequate performance and recovery and use the no-carb day as a rest day as this allows the body to recover from intense bouts of exercise while preserving muscle mass and rapidly losing body fat.  The primary method of exercise on a carb cycling diet should be from resistance training, though it’s still effective without it.  This burns an excess of calories and will also give a greater post exercise elevation on your metabolic rate.  To determine the total number of calories you should consume to lose weight, visit the NHS BMI calculator

Designing a Diet:

Specific nutrients of each day are dependent on each person but it’s important to maintain the same ratios each week.  An example, the lower end of the spectrum for carbohydrates, could recommend 1g carbohydrates per 1 lb. body weight on a low-carb day, and 2g per 1 lb. on a high-carb day. No carb days should be as low as you can make them, in other words, no direct sources of carbs.  Indirect forms such as vegetables and nuts are acceptable.  Protein intake for the week should remain a constant, at least 1g per 1 lb. body weight.  The remainder of the calories should come from healthy fats.

Sources of Food

Acceptable sources of carbohydrates are those that are from slow-digesting complex carbs, such as oatmeal, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole grains and some fruits.  Immediately after the workout, it may be necessary to consume simple carbs to replenish muscle glycogen.  Sources of protein include any kinds of lean meats including chicken, fish, or beef, as well as eggs, milk, soy, and nuts.  It’s important to consume enough dietary fat to keep testosterone levels high during the process.  Aim for sources of omega-3s and omega-6s such as raw nuts, fish, olive oil and avocados.

Try this Carb Cycling and see the results.

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