Hello, Ines. What is your opinion about drinking water during workout?
My opinion is that you should drink water while you work out.
Sometimes people read a lot of wrong things, written by unauthentic resources and get busy following a billion of rules, while missing to listen to the most authentic resource of information when it comes to what they need and what they don’t need- in other words they don’t listen to their own body.
People ask me on a daily basis “How much water should I drink?”; “When should I drink water?”; “ Is it true that you shouldn’t’ drink water while… ( fill in the blank space with whatever myth you’ve heard about water and proper timing)?”
It is not necessary to turn something so nature, as drinking water, in a set of complicated formulas and calculations.
How do you know when you should drink water? Well, when your body wants it. The body never lies.
When you feel even the slightest need of drinking water- then drink it. You don’t need to be dying from thirst, in order to take a sip of water.
Actually more than half of your body, is composed by water and it plays a huge role in the proper functioning of your body and it aids all the processes that take place.
On a daily basis your body loses some amount of water- through perspiration, urination and even when you exhale. That’s why it is up to you to replenish the lost water, by drinking enough.
If you don’t give your body enough water, you will interfere with its proper cool down and you will trouble the processes that take place inside your body. Besides that when you are dehydrated, this leads to muscle fatigue, which could lead to unwanted muscle cramps.
And when it comes to the question if it is ok to drink water, during a training session… absolutely, yes! Working out is a challenge for your body and you lose some water, through sweating and breathing.
If you want to feel good during a training session and if you want to stay away from fatigue and discomfort- a consequence from dehydration, you should drink water.
Sure, this doesn’t mean to drink a liter of water, all at once. This will definitely make you feel bad.
Instead, take a couple sips of water every now and then during your workout, so you can keep your body hydrated.
You can read a great article on the topic by Breaking Muscle HERE.
Ines, for some time I stay away from gluten. I stopped eating grains, but I wonder what is your opinion about buying gluten-free foods from the supermarket?
Staying away from grains and getting rid of gluten is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health. My opinion about gluten-free foods, bought from the supermarket is that this is already a whole industry. Something like the new trend- gluten-free cupcakes, gluten-free bread and so forth.
Truth is that is you prepare these foods by yourself, you could really make them healthy. But as always, everything you buy from the supermarket is far from what you think it is!
Most gluten-free foods, are being made by substituting wheat for rice starch, potato starch or corn starch. And even though these foods do not trigger the same immune response, as wheat gluten does, they still trigger a big insulin response.
These kind of starch triggers a higher insulin response, than wheat. In reality the effect on your metabolism, when you eat this kind of starch is no different than eating a candy.
Eliminating gluten is great. But why would you substitute it with another type of quickly absorbed carbs, that trigger a big insulin response, which interferes with your goals of losing the unwanted fat?
Besides that, if you know my theories about nutrition, you will definitely want to avoid, increasing your insulin so much, by eating these foods.
If you feel the desperate need to eat something sweet, instead of buying gluten-free foods from the store, check out some of these recopies and try them. I guarantee you, that you won’t be sorry!
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