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20 Sep 2007

cardio
hi there, i do power yoga and weight training and find it fine, but struggle with my 20min cardio before my weight training, if i mix 3 tablespoons of dextrose with water to drink during orbitrek work out is that ok? i am struggling to lose weight, weight 50kg height 1.52, trying to up my protein aswell, does one have to do an extra day of cardio if you consume alcohol on weekends?
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01 Jan 0001

HI Kasandra

Well, we're assuming here that your problem is energy related to begin with. There's no reason to think that, it's an option, of course, but there could be a number of other things can contribute. So the dextrose idea may well work, but the truth is you don't need to make life that complicated. All you need to do is have a ready-made Powerade or some other sports drink with you, and drink it while you train. If energy is the problem, then that will solve it. If you're not keen on the sports drinks, then something like fruit juice is just as good, though might be a little bit sweet for that type of exercise. But you don't need to go to the trouble of mixing the dextrose - it's not the ideal sugar anyway, and it's all done for you.

As for the alcohol question, any alcohol you consume needs to be factored into your OVERALL energy intake. Problem is the the calories that come from alcohol are 'empty', they add little value to your energy requirement. So that does mean one needs to factor that in. Having said that, if you drink in moderation, then there's no effect and no problem, it's the excessive intake that is a problem. But then that's the case for anything - if you ate excessive ice-cream, that would be a problem too! So balance is the key!

Good luck
Ross
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