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LESS IS BEST

Our fueling recommendations

Based on scientific evidence and our experience working with thousands of athletes for more than two decades, we have determined the following ranges to be ideal for most athletes, most of the time, to achieve and maintain optimal exercise performance:

FLUIDS:

SODIUM CHLORIDE:

CALORIES:

475-825 ml / hour

100-600 milligrams/hour

120-180* calories/hour


1-6 Endurolytes, or
1-2 Endurolytes Extreme, or
1/2 - 3 Endurolytes FIZZ


*Rare circumstances may require slightly more

The safe rule of thumb is to replenish at about one-third of loss values.

LESS IS BEST

To fuel successfully, less is better than more!

Hammer Nutrition has been advocating the “less is best” approach for more than 30 years. Proper fueling is achieved by consuming the least amount necessary to keep your body doing what you want it to do hour after hour. That philosophy guides all of our recommendations for fluid, calorie, and electrolyte intake during exercise. What makes us so sure we’re right? Scientific research and 25+ years working with thousands of athletes have proven it! Follow this approach, and you too will reach your full potential as an athlete and feel great during the downtime, too.

Why you should replenish, not replace!

Many “experts” advise athletes to replace what they expend during exercise in equal or near-equal amounts, hour after hour. They cite data such as “you lose up to 2 grams of sodium per hour, burn up to 900 calories hourly, and sweat up to 2 liters an hour” to defend their position. Sadly, athletes who follow this advice typically experience poorer-than-expected results or a DNF.

The “replacement” guide to fueling does NOT work. Your body cannot replace fluids and nutrients at the same rate it depletes them. When you exercise, even at an easy aerobic pace, your metabolic rate increases and your body goes into “survival mode.” Blood is routed to working muscles, fluids are used for evaporative cooling, and oxygen is routed to your brain, heart, and other internal organs.

During prolonged exercise, you must cooperate with your body’s innate survival mechanisms. Attempting to replace the calories, fluids, and electrolytes lost during exercise will only interfere with these systems, causing cramping, bloating, GI distress, swelling, and bonking. The more effective and safer approach is to replenish your body with what it can reasonably absorb and process.

The safe rule of thumb is to replenish at about one-third of loss values, adjusting as conditions dictate. For most athletes, most of the time, that means 475-825 ml of fluid/hour; 120-180 calories/hour; and 100-600 milligrams sodium /hour. Your body’s remarkably efficient survival safeguards will very capably deal with the differences between what is lost during exercise and what can be effectively replaced.

Erring on the “not enough” side is a much easier problem to resolve than an “uh oh, I overdid it” problem. We’re sure that when you get away from those 500-700 calories, 60 - 90 grams of carbohydrates, a gram or two of salt, and 1 liter of fluid per hour regimens, your body will perform much better, you’ll feel better, and you’ll get the results that you train so hard to attain. HN