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Is it good to drink an energy drink before a work out?
Hydration and its impact on performance is very important for people of all sports (I consider working out at the gym a sport).
Dehydration can result in increased body temperature, increased heart rate, increased effort ratings, reduced physical performance and reduced mental performance, so it will actually feel like you’re working a lot harder, even if you aren’t.
What does this have to do with energy drinks?
Energy drinks contain caffeine, usually under the masquerading guise of guarana. This is where you get your buzz from (there has been no study proving that Taurine actually increases performance).
However, caffeine can double the amount of water you lose, causing you to dehydrated much faster – effectively cancelling out the positive effects of taking the drink. If say during a normal workout, you would consume 1 litre of water, if you take caffeine you should double your water intake to 2 litres to avoid dehydration.
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty reading or focusing on a computer screen… so imagine how it would affect your workout!!
If you do however, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated (do not go overboard and drink excessive amounts of water, as this can also lead to very detrimental effects) then the caffeine can help you lift heavier weights for longer.
There is yet another downside to caffeine – it can cause you to gain the fat you burn off in the gym.
Caffeine exhausts the adrenal glands, which are the glands that deal with survival and energy production. By putting your nervous system into overdrive, with all that excess adrenaline pumping in the blood, something terrible happens – your system crashes. And what this means is that your system is thrown into stress mode, which is the equivalent of the fat factory mode!
Not only that, the average energy drink contains 5 – 6 teaspoons of sugar, raising your insulin levels which again promotes fat gain.
If you do take energy drinks to get a kick throughout your workout, drink the sugar-free versions and stay well hydrated.
Personally I find that taking creatine and glutamine supplements give me all the boost I need in the gym, but if you are after a quick energy-giving drink then try the new Powerade Energy Edge as it contains caffeine and vitamin B to give you a boost, but also has the electrolytes to keep you hydrated.