how athletes lose body fat.Although we spend the majority of our time trying to get our Varsity group athletes heavier by adding muscle mass, some of them still need to drop a few percent body fat to get down to ‘fighting weight’.  Some of our adult Masters group athletes need to loose quite a few pounds of fat so they can enjoy their sport more with less wear and tear on their joints.

So this question comes up from time to time…

Should I avoid drinking sport drink if I am trying to lose fat?

As I do with questions regarding nutrition, I called my friend Lisa Cianfrini, MSc, RD of NutriGeneRD and asked her.  Here’s what she had to say…

The answer is “Yes” and “No”

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So there you go – when you are doing intense sport – gardening does not count – you can have sport drink.  The rest of the time water and look at other nutrition choices you make after exercise.  Do you have a few beers after tennis, golf or hockey – cutting back on these will have a big impact on both your performance and your waistline.

Also remember there are alternatives to sport drinks – plain water with a pinch of sea-salt is an option.


PS – if you are one of those weekend warriors who could handle losing a few lbs  – we have a couple spots in our Master group training sessions – drop me an email if you want more info –