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Need A Quick Way To Get Your Pre-Workout Carbs?

Lean How Vegetable & Fruit Juices Can Help Power Your Workout!

Posted by Cliff_Bouvier - June 20th, 2013

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Because they are in liquid form, fruit & vegetable juices can be drunk closer to your workout as the body can absorb the carbohydrates easier. Although, there is no substitute for good old H2O for rehydrating lost fluids during strenuous exercise, vegetable juices like beetroot juice, contains nitrate, a chemical that’s converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps to boost oxygen delivery to the hard-working muscles so they can work harder and longer. Carrot juice can also aid in boosting your energy levels to be able to exercise longer and contains high levels of beta-carotene which is an antioxidant that may help oxygenate your blood, brain and body tissues. Therefore, for those of you looking to increase your energy and burn more fat / calories during your workout these are the types of juices you should drink.


So, if fat loss is your primary goal, stay away from fruit juices before a workout because concentrated fruit juices can increase insulin. Insulin blocks an enzyme called hormone-sensitive lipase which is the primary enzyme that breaks down fat in your body. However, if fat loss is not your primary objective in exercising, you can dilute your fruit juices with water and still get the benefits of electrolytes, including sodium, potassium & chloride that need to be replaced after working up a sweat as well as the great benefits of Vitamin C!


Now go drink some juice and reach your goals!


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Allymc
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Can protein really be supplemented with shakes tried to just eat all my protein but I'm not a big eater and it's tough forcing food down your mouth at 6 in the morning before work 

Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

Always try to get AS MUCH protein as you can from food, then fill in the gaps with protein shakes as needed 😀 

matt42van
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Im confused....good or bad for fat loss??  What I think you mean is natural fruits and vegi drinks are good, and concentrate are"less good" due to the sugar?  Kinda a bit confusing.  Well maybe unclear is a better way to put it.  Thanks...Cheers!

Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

I guess those could be alright... but what about some new food choices in general?  Have you checked out my new food line?  All high protein pasta, oatmeal, bars, snacks etc!  check it out!

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matt42van  Edit  Delete  Close

Ahh...gotcha...THANKS!....I never buy juice from stores....its all garbage(and tastes like $h1^...haha).   What about Gatorade powdered drinks?....I find the regular gatorade just too expensive to go through one a day but I but the powdered variety...

Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

Natural sugar from fruit is not bad.  Fruit contains enzymes to help break down the fructose (sugar) that you are consuming.  HOWEVER.. buying an APPLE JUICE drink in a bottle from the store is NOT a good idea.  The enzymes are gone and the sugar is like 10x as high

Scott_Herman
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Great article!  Juicing is definitely an easy way to get those pre-workout carbs in!

fenrispack  Edit  Delete  Close

The natural form of "juicing" 😉