Although calisthenic workouts are the best way to burn fat and gain muscle at the same time, calisthenic nutrition is an important step on the road to successful training.
But, pay attention. Calisthenic nutrition is not all about food. Getting enough to drink is also a key part of your fitness success. Proper hydration is very important in your every day life, let alone during the intense calisthenic workouts.
The funny thing about proper hydration is that everybody is telling us what to drink instead of what not to. Therefore, I will mention 4 of the worst possible things that you can drink: alcohol, diet drinks, coffee and non-organic milk.
Alcohol. Excessive alcohol promotes dehydration and depletes your B vitamins and magnesium, which are essential for progesterone. The people who drink excessively in the long run develop cirrhosis of the liver. Bottom line: alcohol is bad. Limit it as much as possible.
Diet and Sport Drinks. These highly publicized drinks contain a large amount of artificial sweeteners that promote your body’s cravings for real sugar. Artificial sweeteners will change your metabolic process and you will be tempted to eat and drink more sugar-based products. You will have the tendency to gain weight instead of losing it. And you do not want that, do you? Another big problem with the diet and sport drinks is they are loaded with caffeine. As you know by now, caffeine is responsible for dehydration, headaches and hallucinations for heavy users of diet and energy drinks.
Coffee. Do not get me wrong, a cup of coffee is good for you! Sugar free coffee is good because it speeds up fat metabolism during calisthenic workouts and it increase intellectual activity. It has five times the anti-oxidants of the green tea. It is an excellent anti-depressant and it enhances performance and memory. Coffee also has a very protective effect against cirrhosis of the liver and against prostate or colon cancer. However, you should not drink coffee if you get agitated or if you have high blood pressure. I also recommend drinking organic coffee, as inorganic is sprayed with dangerous pesticides. Moderation is the key.
Non-organic milk. Although milk is rich in essential nutrients, in calcium and other alkaline minerals, non-organic milk is far from healthy. The calves are fed with genetically modified food. Unfortunately, there are not a whole lot of studies that are showing the long-term side effects of genetically modified food. Dairy cows are pumped full of artificial growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics, which end up in the milk you drink. It is scientifically proven that these dangerous chemical substances will dramatically affect all your metabolic process. Organic milk is different. It is higher in omega 3 fatty acids. It is also much higher in vitamins and anti-oxidants than non-organic milk. I am sure many people will say that cow’s milk is allergenic and this is true. The solution is to replace it with goat milk or vegetable milk (soy, oat or rice).
We may also add to the list of worst drinks the frozen mocha and hot chocolate, fruit juices from concentrate, soft drinks, ice cream sodas, frozen fruit drinks and drive-through shakes.
Although considered bad beverages, all of these drinks can be consumed in moderation without having a significant impact on your calisthenic workouts or your health.
Keep in mind that your body needs water when you are thirsty, so water is the best drink ever. Why?
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