Powerade zero gets you hydrated without all the calories
Sep 19, 2008
Recently, I've started jogging in the early morning to lose some of the weight gain that comes from the stress of transitioning jobs. As I was finishing my workout and was feeling extremely light headed from dehydration, I spied a vending machine with sports drinks at 24 hour fitness. Typically I won't drink these because of the unnecessary calories which would pretty much ruin my workout. I decided that since this was a zero calorie drink that I would try it out. I was pleasantly surprised by this drink and even more surprised by how great I felt after my workout.
Some observations: 1) The mixed berry flavor is pretty good. I haven't tried the other two yet but I will and when I do I'll update this post. 2) Coke has the best marketing. I totally ate up their tag line: "Attention! You are now in control of a ZERO CALORIE SPORTS DRINK + B-VITAMINS. Be advised that you may be swarmed by fans who want to witness the power of electrolytes. Hydration and zero calories. Good luck with that." 3) The sweetener they use is Sucralose which is basically Splenda, the sweetener they've been using in Coke Zero. Some people say that they experience an after-taste of the sucralose but I didn't have this experience. It was light and refreshing. I find Gatorade and regular Powerade to be on the heavy side. 5) The serving size was 8 fl oz and the perfect amount to get me going.
I think I've found my new during and after surfing and workout drink. Typically, I choose to forgo breakfast before working out and have found this to be a detriment to performance. I'm not sure if this has to do with dehydration or just not enough energy in my system for good performance. I'm going to try drinking this before and during my work out to see how my performance improves.
Sports drinks are only good for one thing. No, it isn't replenishing electrolytes after a long and sweaty werk...workoo...what is that thing called that you do so that you can drink more and not get fat? Oh yeah, Workout. No, sports drinks are only used in my household (of one) to recover from hangovers. So when I found out that one had become available so that you could also recover from hangovers without getting fat, you can bet I was all over it. … more
Coca Cola's PowerAde has released a zero-calorie sports drink in response to Gatorade's G2 drink. Here is a comparison of Gatorade products by calories per 8 ounces: 50 for Gatorade, 25 for G2 and 10 for flavored Propel Fitness Water.