Exercise Nutrition Myths Still Exist
When it comes
to exercise nutrition -- despite all the information that's available
-- consumers are still misinformed, according to experts surveyed at
the 13th annual Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) Conference on
"The Science and Practice of Sports Nutrition" held in Chicago.
completed by athletic trainers, dietitians, sports nutritionists,
exercise physiologistics, fitness trainers/instructors and other
exercise science professionals, revealed the following:
Top Sports Nutrition Myths
have withstood decades, some are recycled every few years and others
have just recently come into play. Exercise and nutrition experts
surveyed said that the top three sports nutrition myths are:
- Carbohydrates make you fat.
- Loading up on protein builds muscles.
- If sports supplements work for the pros, they'll work for me.
Suzanne Steen, Ph.D., a sports nutritionist from the University of
Washington, the popularity of diet books like "The Zone" and "Sugar
Busters" have helped to fuel the most common myth about carbohydrats.
Ph.D., professor, the University of Aberdeen, agrees, "The carb/protein
controversy rages, but decades of research show C and muscles insist C
that carbohydrates are truly the active body's preferred source of
What You Don't Know May Dehydrate You
misinformation about sports nutrition extends to rehydration topics as
well. People still don't understand the importance of staying on top of
their fluid intake during exercise. The top three things people don=t
know about hydration, according to the survey of experts, include:
- As little as 1 percent dehydration (1.5 lbs. of fluid loss for a 150 lb. person) can negatively affect the body.
- Thirst is not a good indicator of fluid needs.
- Research shows people only replace 50 percent of the fluid they've lost through sweat.
active people drink enough to fully rehydrate? According to Jackie
Berning, Ph.D., a sports nutritionist from the University of Colorado
and an American Dietetic Association spokesperson, people don't drink
enough because thirst is actually a poor indicator of our fluid needs.
shows that to help exercisers drink enough, the ideal fluid replacement
beverage is flavored so that it tastes good and contains electrolytes
like sodium and potassium that also encourage us to drink more. Sports
drinks fit the bill in a way that water simply can not," said Berning.
Stay Healthy and (Web) Wise
all this exercise nutrition misinformation, how can consumers ensure
they get the most accurate advise? In addition to speaking with a
certified fitness or nutrition professional, the experts surveyed
recommended the following Web sites for credible information: