Did you see the Gatorade commercials with Peyton Manning and Cam Newton?! OMG. I love them. If you haven't seen them, you need to leave this site immediately and watch them.
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Ok, so what do I love so much about them? As the average consumer of media, I cannot get enough Peyton Manning in commercials. He's so good. Plus, I enjoy a little awkward.
As a dietitian, I love the message that Gatorade is getting across: "You gotta sweat it to get it."
You have to earn the calories to consume them. So many people eat too much after a workout, thinking they've earned it. When in reality they burned 150 calories and ate about 400. Not exactly the best plan, unless you're trying to gain weight :)
And sports drinks are not always necessary. We talked about hydration in a post earlier this summer. Hydration is super important, but for most people, water will do the trick. I've noticed that many people drink Gatorade like water.
Have you taken stock lately in how many calories you drink?
If you've got an extra 11 minutes today, go check out this hysterical tirade by John Oliver on sugar. But really, what if we measured sugar in our drinks in units of "circus peanuts"? Would it change what you drank?
- 12-oz Coke = 8 peanuts
- 20-oz Gatorade = 7 peanuts
- Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte = 10 peanuts (some of that is naturally occurring from milk)
If you're going to drink your calories, choose them wisely and choose them in moderation. Even if you're choosing 100% juice, stick to about 4 ounces. Consider alternative sources of electrolytes if you need to rehydrate after an intense workout. Real food will do the trick - and will help you feel more satisfied than a sports drink.
Not to say there isn't a time and a place for those drinks. But you definitely gotta "sweat it to get it."