Gatordate, etc

  • builtthick1

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    Apr 27, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    I've been trying to break my addiction to soda and now drink Gatorade alot. Is this stuff fattening? I've actually put on a few lbs in the waist since drinking it. Thanks.
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    Apr 27, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    Gatorade is mostly high fructose corn syrup (sugars/carbs). So switching from soda wasn't that much of a benefit for you. Maybe switch to the zero calorie version of Gatorade instead. It uses artificial sweeteners in place of HFCS.
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    Apr 27, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    Unless you're a marathon runner or triathlete, you don't need extra sugars other than what's found in nature (fruits, etc).
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    Apr 27, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    The posts above sum Gatoraide nicely. Most sports drinks are as bad o worse than soda. Learn to read the labels and check for the "sugars" subsection under "carbhydrates." The closer those two numbers are the higher in empty calories it is. Read the book "Sugar Nation" as I will help a god deal with food choices.
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    Apr 27, 2012 4:43 AM GMT
    Gatorade is sugar, salt (electrolytes), food coloring, and a multimillion dollar advertising campaign. Really, you don't need it.

    I want to know what "Gatordate" is.
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    Apr 27, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    Try water with trace mineral drops to hydrate. Or coconut water.
    Gatorade is pop marketed to athletes. Gross
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    Apr 27, 2012 5:57 AM GMT
    builtthick1 saidI've been trying to break my addiction to soda and now drink Gatorade alot. Is this stuff fattening? I've actually put on a few lbs in the waist since drinking it. Thanks.


    easy fix, although not necessarily "healthy", is to go from regular soda to diet soda, sweet tea to unsweetened (with artificial sweeteners if you want), and powerade/gatorade to powerade zero/G2. that's a good way to cut out calories and still get the taste... the artificial sweeteners themselves aren't necessarily good for you, but there's a million ways to kill yourself, and this is just one.
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    Apr 27, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    i just remembered, most of you are not from the southeastern region of the US... sweet tea is as common a drink as water down here.
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    Apr 27, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    If you're drinking it as a regular drink, then it's probably too high calorie for you. There are plenty of low cal or no cal options. Gatorade is probably uneccessary for most people. I started needing it after I increased my running to over an hour. Whatever you are ingesting, whether it's food or drink, should be included in your calorie counts.
  • LJay

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    Apr 27, 2012 6:11 AM GMT
    You need to wean yourself off that stuff. Try starting with Vitamin Water cut with half water.

    I am diabetic and sworn to avoid sugary drinks and fruit juices, which pretty much means unsweetened iced tea or water because I can't stand artificial sweeteners. It gets frustrating but you learn. Actually after a while you will try a soda or such and be amazed by the sweetness.
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 27, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    You only need sugary drinks when you`re exercising hard for an hour plus. Up to there water`s fine.
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    Apr 28, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    Get a water bottle and carry it around with you. You'll find yourself drinking water a lot more, and will have less and less desire to drink soda.

    I recently bought a Camelbak with a bite valve and I easily get myself to drink 75 or so oz. a day. It's lowered my soda consumption a lot.

    http://www.amazon.com/Camelbak-Better-0-75L-Bottle-Grey/dp/B0019DCD0M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335571439&sr=8-1
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    Apr 29, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    builtthick1 saidI've been trying to break my addiction to soda and now drink Gatorade alot. Is this stuff fattening? I've actually put on a few lbs in the waist since drinking it. Thanks.


    High fructose corn syrup is converted directly to fat, from what i hear.

    A natural alternative to gatorade is coconut juice.

    But instead of trying to replace the calories from soda with something else, what you should be trying to do is cutting your total caloric intake. I would try water, but idk if giving up soda will be that easy lol
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    Apr 29, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    Drink ice water with freshly-squeezed lemon juice (from just one lemon per 20 oz of water, or per your preference). No need to add any sweetener of any kind. It will easily curb your need for sweet sugary beverages.
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    Apr 29, 2012 4:21 AM GMT
    ECnAZ saidDrink ice water with freshly-squeezed lemon juice (from just one lemon per 20 oz of water, or per your preference). No need to add any sweetener of any kind. It will easily curb your need for sweet sugary beverages.


    That isn't going to work. The body is smart. It will not be easily decieved. But, you could eat a bowl of pineapple or something like that. Having solid food in your stomach tells your brain that your full and stops sending hunger and appetite signals. And pinapple is also low calorie. You could also use carrots. In fact, i would probably use carrots. Something that has a high volume and low calories
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    Apr 29, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    ECnAZ saidDrink ice water with freshly-squeezed lemon juice (from just one lemon per 20 oz of water, or per your preference). No need to add any sweetener of any kind. It will easily curb your need for sweet sugary beverages.
    Your taste buds must be all kinds of fucked up, because lemon water makes me crave golden margaritas.
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    Apr 29, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    Emesis54 saidi just remembered, most of you are not from the southeastern region of the US... sweet tea is as common a drink as water down here.


    You sounded just as my mother icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    pineappleundertheesea said
    ECnAZ saidDrink ice water with freshly-squeezed lemon juice (from just one lemon per 20 oz of water, or per your preference). No need to add any sweetener of any kind. It will easily curb your need for sweet sugary beverages.


    That isn't going to work. The body is smart. It will not be easily decieved. But, you could eat a bowl of pineapple or something like that. Having solid food in your stomach tells your brain that your full and stops sending hunger and appetite signals. And pinapple is also low calorie. You could also use carrots. In fact, i would probably use carrots. Something that has a high volume and low calories


    Um, it worked for me. Thanks. He's talking about drinking soda vs. gatorade, not solid foods. Cravings and feelings of satiety start with the taste buds.
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    ECnAZ saidDrink ice water with freshly-squeezed lemon juice (from just one lemon per 20 oz of water, or per your preference). No need to add any sweetener of any kind. It will easily curb your need for sweet sugary beverages.
    Your taste buds must be all kinds of fucked up, because lemon water makes me crave golden margaritas.


    Then after your down your golden margaritas, you crave golden showers, right? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    paulflexes said
    ECnAZ saidDrink ice water with freshly-squeezed lemon juice (from just one lemon per 20 oz of water, or per your preference). No need to add any sweetener of any kind. It will easily curb your need for sweet sugary beverages.
    Your taste buds must be all kinds of fucked up, because lemon water makes me crave golden margaritas.


    Then after your down your golden margaritas, you crave golden showers, right? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
    It depends on how many I downed.
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:36 AM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    pineappleundertheesea said
    ECnAZ saidDrink ice water with freshly-squeezed lemon juice (from just one lemon per 20 oz of water, or per your preference). No need to add any sweetener of any kind. It will easily curb your need for sweet sugary beverages.


    That isn't going to work. The body is smart. It will not be easily decieved. But, you could eat a bowl of pineapple or something like that. Having solid food in your stomach tells your brain that your full and stops sending hunger and appetite signals. And pinapple is also low calorie. You could also use carrots. In fact, i would probably use carrots. Something that has a high volume and low calories


    Um, it worked for me. Thanks. He's talking about drinking soda vs. gatorade, not solid foods. Cravings and feelings of satiety start with the taste buds.


    they start in the hypothalamus actually, but nice try
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    and satiety comes signals are sent from the duodenym of the large intestine, back to the hypothalamus.
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    vegemike said Or coconut water.


    Coconut water is nature's energy drink!

    And Gatoraide was created by UF for the football team.
    But vitamin water, gatoraid, and other drinks like that are all gimmicks and actually not very good for you. (loaded with sweetners and sodium and dye)
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    Bleh, I've never cared for the taste of Gatorade or similar drinks. Most of the time it tastes like very diluted fruit juice from concentrate.

    A glass a water with a squirt of lemon or lime juice is enough for me if I want water with a bit of flavor.
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    try nuun for electrolytes, is the best. If you want to get a better balance electrolytes/carbo oriented to endurance sports use accelerate