Guest Blogger Andrew Thompson
To fuel or not to fuel, that is NOT the question. If you’re looking for a debate then you’ve come to the wrong place. My intention with this post is to give an unbiased opinion of fuel types, but also make sure you better understand what it is you’re consuming in these supplements. In my distance running career I’ve completed the gauntlet of fueling. Name the type or pick a brand, and there’s a good chance I’ve tried it. As you can imagine this has forced me to develop some allegiances and I’d like to share my thoughts with you. By no means are my opinions absolute and I one hundred percent urge you to test to find which fuel your body reacts to best. To approach this topic I’ve grouped the fuels in to 3 groups: Gel, Chew, and Powder. Each supplement has it’s pros as it does its cons, and I’ll be touching on these as we go.
Before we jump in however, I want to briefly assume the role of Bill Nye (The ONLY scientist in my opinion). Essentially the fuels you’re consuming are highly concentrated carbohydrates, which happen to be our body’s favorite energy source. Carbs exist in 2 forms, glycogen and glucose. Glycogen is tapped first and when diminished our body will start to use the glucose. Because glycogen lives in the muscles, when depleted, fatigue can set in. The fuel you ingest is intended to build up your glycogen levels and delay the tapping of glucose from the blood stream. Other chemical factors come into play with the inclusion of things like caffeine and electrolytes, but this is the basis for our use of fuels. Enough […]