#TBT - Knowledge Drop by 3FU3L co-founder Brian Mackenzie (@iamunscared)
What happens after we ingest something like a doughnut (yes, I have)? "It tastes so good when it hits my lips", then about 30min to 1hr later crash? Ever drink a Coke? Same thing, except add caffeine. This is exactly how it works if training or competing. Hence why you'll need to take something like a fructose (or whatever simple sugar you've ingested.
The body uses the fastest absorbing thing first) gel every 45min or so... What goes up (shuttles hydration and raises blood sugar, insulin), goes down! And so the cycle begins... Yo, yo.
Constant refueling of hydration, and of energy. But you're an athlete, and training makes you healthy... So you can eat sugar because it gives you bigger muscles quicker and allows you to race longer and even stay hydrated more. Or does it? This is something you need to answer yourself, and if you're in the game of "I train so I can do cheat meals", you've got bigger problems than sugar.
The question is this... If you wouldn't eat it normally everyday, why would you "supplement" it? A supplement by definition is to provide something you are lacking. Are you lacking sugar? One of the leading causes of dysfunction in sport is "the bonk" (blood sugar crash, hypoglycemia). Fact: things that bonk are liabilities. Nothing in nature bonks. If it does it dies. We seem to believe the same things responsible for creating metabolic syndrome/diabetes/obesity won't have the same reaction because we workout.
Think about that.