Here’s the thing though. You guys actually don’t get to hear about most of the stuff I am asked to review. Even if they offer me stuff for free for either myself or for you.
I have no interest in promoting something I don’t see at least some use for and benefit of. Hopefully several benefits! A recent example is I was offered over $500 worth of free supplements to use at my will (i.e. for a contest such as this one). I said no after doing some research and realising that – even though the brand was very well marketed – the quality was rubbish.
Long story short, if I’m talking about something on Body Incredible or Woman Incredible then you can bet your bottom dollar that I like the stuff! In this case, I’m actually talking about JUICE!
let’s cut to the chase: can juice be healthy?
As you know, I’m not a big fan of regular juice consumption from fruit, and not even really of daily fresh fruit consumption. I believe that we would only have access to even these natural sugars on a random basis rather than daily. Generally I’d even advise you to never drink juice day-to-day, because it can prevent you from reaching your fat loss goals.
Of course as with any ‘rule’, there are always a few exceptions. Green smoothies, for example, so long as they are predominantly vegie-based, can be a really healthy and easy (not to mention yummy!) way to get your greens. And recently I came across a new packaged juice that I actually don’t mind at all for the occasional post-workout (weights!) sugar-load.
why on earth would you drink juice post-workout?
If you are lean and if you are very athletic, then it’s reasonable to assume you want to either increase lean muscle (to further boost your metabolism), or that you want to at least maintain it. After training with weights you are what is called insulin sensitive. This means that your muscles will quickly zap up any sugars you may consume (healthy and natural is still best!), and use them to grow more lean muscle and thus help keep you lean.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? If super-muscle-growth is a particular goal of yours then consuming a small amount of juice first thing in the morning may even be recommended!
This particular juice, which is called GO BEET is actually more of a vegetable juice – it’s 90% beetroot, and 9.9% apple – and it is a naturally rich source of dietary nitrate. According to the online info, scientific research suggests that the high dietary nitrate levels found in beetroot may help boost endurance and stamina during exercise, by allowing muscles to use oxygen more efficiently.
As inferred above, my take on this would be to use it only post-workout, as I’m not a huge fan of spiking insulin pre or during training.
Because it’s mainly vegetable juice, Go Beet is not super-sweet. It kind of reminds me of childhood BBQs actuallly; probably because beetroot was always a staple on home-made burgers! I love the stuff 🙂
win a $250 Go Beet/Asics/Everlast/Puma/Nike sports pack!
The folks at Go Beet have kindly sent me this fabulous goodie back for one lucky Body Incredible reader. To be in the running, you simply need to comment on this very blog post and share your top piece of advice for keeping yourself motivated. I’ll gather all of the entries into a survey next week for everyone to vote on and the most popular and useful piece of advice will result in its writer winning all of this great sports gear!
Here is what you could score!
- 1 x GO BEET T-shirt
- 1 x GO BEET cap
- 2 x GO BEET bottles
- 1 x GO BEET info pack
- 1x Puma backpack
- 1 x Asics water bottle
- 1 x Aussie Fit Step pedometer
- 1 x Everlast skipping rope
- 1 x Nike Elite Structure running socks
- 1 x Asics “chafe free” endurance gel
- 1 x Aussie Fit Workout Towel
- 1 x Pro-Form excersise ball
- 2 x 2kg hand weights
Whew! Not bad hey 🙂
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PS: This contest is only open to my Aussie readers 🙂
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