Performance Hack: Carb Rinsing
It works to an extent, but there’s a better option.
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The practice is known as carb rinsing. Some studies have found it improves athletic performance and activates brain regions involved in motor control just as well as drinking a sports drink would.
But drinking carbs is still the better option, says Brett Dolezal, Ph.D., associate director of the Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles. Carbs from sports drinks fuel your body, replenish glycogen stores in the muscles and liver, and delay fatigue during endurance exercise and sports.
Plus, you’re much more likely to get dehydrated from skimping on fluids than you are to feel bloated from drinking too much, he adds.