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Take a “less is best” approach to caloric intake during exercise

Posted by cvanloan on 09/10/2010 in Fueling Advice | No Comments »

Practice of proper Hammer Nutrition fueling
Your workout or race can go down the drain fast if you follow the “calories out, calories in” protocol that many “experts” recommend. Athletes who attempt to replace all the calories they lose will end up with bloating, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea . . . definitely unpleasant and performance-inhibiting scenarios.

If you want to achieve your best performance, replenish calories in “body cooperative” amounts, allowing your fat stores to make up the difference, which they will easily do. While 240-280 calorie per hour is a theoretical hourly maximum based on the liver converting 1 gram of carbohydrates (4 calories) per minute into glycogen, almost all athletes report success with far lower hourly caloric intake.

It is for this reason that we show caloric intake ranges broken down by weight for each product. Additionally, if you will be using more than one product, be sure to include calories from all in your total hourly calculations.

Following the suggested calorie intake range for your body weight will help you find your OPTIMUM MINIMUM HOURLY CALORIC INTAKE. This will give you the best performance without undesirable side effects associated with excess caloric intake.

More information about our fueling recommendations, as well as suggested dosages based on body weight for each of the Hammer Nutrition fuels, can be found in the article, The Hammer Nutrition Fuels – What They Are and How to Use Them.

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