Energy GEL question

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  1. octman12

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    hey is this stuff good for you?

    and does it really work?

    would this be the one ever heard of it i saw this at sports chalet and yeah?
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  2. UnPhzD

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    dont use it ... or take it ... its bassically taking in chemicals to enhance energy for that hour or so
    just eat alot of healthy food

    i use to belives on those stff but ehh its bad for you in a sense and its not natural stuff cliff bars before a tennis mathc = good for you lool
     
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    Just get some NO-XPLOD!

    x-treeeem!!!
     
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  4. Serve em Up

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    It is used by endurance athletes. Runners, Biker, and Triathlon. It is mainly carbohydrate and sodium. Used for fuel after glycogen depletion in long distance events.

    For tennis , your better off just eating well.

    Gu, Powergel, Hammer Gel, are all simlar brands.
     
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    Rafa Nadal sure believes in energy gels. There was a couple of threads a while back inquiring about which one he used. Not sure if that was ever resolved. Try to dig them up -- there was quite a few recommendations on various gels in those threads.


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    they not bad for you in a sense of poisoning or anything. they give a burst of energy but as it is really mostly thick glucose and electrolytes (help maintain mineral/salt balance in blood) and similar it can also drop you from that energy high and leave you feeling worse off if you do not have something that can give a longer sustained release of energy. usully best to take with water or mixed in water.

    personally, i found no benefits from these and some taste awful. but each to his/her own.
     
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    It would seem that if an energy gel is designed to give you a quick boost, particularly from glucose, it would result in a blood sugar spike & result in a release of insulin. This would likely cause your blood sugar levels to be lower than they were before the energy gel.

    Are there any gels out there that would yield a slower, milder blood sugar rise that would not cause a significant insulin release. One designed more for sustained energy?
     
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  9. ttbrowne

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    I do cardio right after I get off work at 11:30am. I don't have time to eat properly and I used these GEL things. They worked great! But, I never ate a whole package...just half a package was enuf for a full hour of hard cardio.
     
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  10. Il Mostro

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    Check out Accel Gel (from the makers of Accelerade). Their products have a 4:1 carb to protein ratio -- there may be some validity to the studies supporting its effectiveness. Whether anyone benefits from these products depends on how long and how hard they play.

    As a former competitive cyclist, I have used many products over the years to help slow the depletion of muscle glycogen -- no matter how good your daily diet is, *avoiding* the bonk is what these products are all about. Yes, they all contain some type of sugar, but not all result in the quick energy burst/blood sugar spike. I try to use products that are tolerated/easily digestible and include short and longer chain carbohydrates. Usually, if maltodextrin is the primary sugar I have no problems even if sucrose or high fructose syrup are included for their fast action. Accel Gel works well for me based on these criteria.

    I drink plenty of water and/or an electrolyte replacement containing no sugars. I do not use Accelerade or any other drink with sugars, as I feel I get better control separating the energy replacement and rehydration functions.
     
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