Don't Drink All Your Calories!

Back in the old days, I used to guzzle Gatorade like it was going out of style.  There was hardly ever a day that I didn't drink at least one or two liters of "Fierce Melon" or whatever other new ULTRA-TECHNO flavor name they came up with for the sake of marketing (seriously..."Fierce Melon?").  I know, I know, you're supposed to only drink water.  But for some reason, Gatorade just seemed to go down a lot easier than water, and I always thought it was better to risk the calories and stay hydrated.

Well, when I was in my 20s I could more or less get away with that, but these days the caloric intake has to be fiercely guarded (perhaps I could get a fierce melon to do the guarding).  Just a couple pounds makes a HUGE difference on your Birkie time.  Shaving a couple pounds off your waist can literally shave minutes off your finishing time...and for those of you who are on the cusp of doing a sub 2:40 Birkie or a sub 3:00 marathon, that's all the difference right there.

Over the last year I've become a true believer in the idea that you don't want to drink all your calories.  You seriously have to be careful about what you grab at the grocery store or at the local Holiday (especially when you're stumbling in all bonked and not thinking straight).

I remember going out on a short ride with Frank in Rice Lake and afterwards he grabbed some Iced Tea concoction.  Now you'd think that an Iced Tea would be more or less healthy, but a quick glance at the label showed that that innocent looking bottle was a vessel for over 600 calories (I wish I could remember the name of that stuff...that was ridiculous)!

Now, you can get away with drinking something like that after a 100 mile bike ride of course, but if you're in the habit of grabbing that bottle every day on the way to work...that's when it's going to kill you.

Lately I've discovered one of the various forms of lifewater out there and these things are awesome.  They're actually drinkable for one thing, and for another they're zero calories (although you have to make sure you grab the bottles with the big ZERO on the side because they have another version that's like 150 calories).

The other good thing about these things is that after you've slammed one it kind of fills you up so you don't gorge yourself on anything.

I'm kind of curious to see what will happen to my fitness if I stick to a tight regimen of zero calorie drinks for a year. 

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