Sports Nutrition Products: Four Common Barriers To Effective Performance Nutrition

Tired of disappointing sports nutrition products that don’t get you the results you want? Here’s what you need to know.

The world of sports nutrition for endurance athletes and sports enthusiasts can be confusing and contradictory. Questions like “Can this bar really be healthy with all of this added sugar?” and “How is this product any different from the others on the market?” are extremely common. For sports enthusiasts (as we’re sure you will agree) the range of options available and their supposed individual benefits can be a dizzying minefield.

At BACX, we have developed products that tick all of the sports nutrition boxes for endurance challenges. The science is on our side and we have spent countless hours in the lab honing every drop of our endurance fuel products. There are several barriers to effective performance fuelling which we have fine-tuned out of our products.

Tired of disappointing sports nutrition products that don’t get you the results you want? Here’s what you need to know.

The Common Issues With Sports Nutrition Products

Many Nutrition Products Are Hard To Get Down and Cause Stomach Upset

One of the worst things about many carb-containing bars, gels, powders and other similar sports nutrition products, is that they’re synthetic and not very appetising. Some also neglect the importance of taking the right amounts of water together with them. If you don’t, they’ll be hard to digest and your body won’t efficiently convert them to energy. In the worst case, you’ll be left with severe stomach problems.

When you’re in the thick of an endurance challenge, it’s vital that your fuel tastes great, is easy to digest and doesn’t give you any undesired side effects. The last thing you want when you’re up a mountain or halfway through an endurance run is the additional challenge of getting through a dense and unappetising gel, followed by an upset stomach! Steer clear of any sports nutrition products which look, feel and taste synthetic, and are vague on accompanying water intake guidelines.

Men and Women Are Not Equally Catered For

It is widely known that duration, intensity and frequency of exercise are the main determinants of an athlete’s nutritional needs. Yet, what is often overlooked in the scientific literature, is that nutrient intake guidelines are also standardised according to body mass. Then, if men are often larger than women and have a higher lean body mass-to-fat mass ratio, it suggests that nutrition recommendations should be different for the sexes. But, tailor-made energy drinks for men and women are incredibly thin on the ground.

What’s more, the intake suggestions of many products correspond to sports-specific nutritional research conducted in men alone. This means that women, in many cases, will be taking in nutrients that are surplus to requirements. Too many carbs can result in undesired increases in body fat mass, which can, in turn, negatively affect endurance capacity. This is something we have addressed in BACX products.

An Unbalanced Approach To Carbs

When it comes to sports fuel, carbohydrates are vital. The body breaks down this macronutrient into glucose for immediate energy. When glucose levels begin running low, the body will turn to fats as the next reserve of energy. However, fats metabolise 50% slower than carbs which means that power, concentration and efficiency are reduced.

But when in the middle of an endurance challenge, you must have the right balance of carbohydrates to give you constant energy. To rely on fast-release carbs alone, will give you a quick pop of energy and then a crash. Relying on just complex carbs can stifle your body’s ability to access energy on demand. So, for fuel to be at its most effective, it should balance fast and slow-release carbs to maximise your endurance capacity. That’s why we use unrefined super food carbs in our products which have a fantastic profile to give you constant energy.

Added Chemical Compounds

Many products include added compounds like vitamins, with the claim of enhancing your endurance performance. Yet, in examining the scientific literature, there is little evidence to support their claim of performance enhancement. What’s more, there is strong mounting evidence that supplementation can actually weaken your performance and excess doses could be harmful to your health. Here’s an example…

During endurance challenges, athletes are exposed to oxidative stress which can create muscle fatigue. In response, many sports nutrition products add anti-oxidants to combat this issue. However, there is a strong body of research that shows that supplementation of Vitamins A, C and E can weaken the body’s biological systems to cope with oxidative stress. The result is that your capacity for endurance will suffer.

Here At BACX, We Are Changing The World of Sports Nutrition

BACX provides all-natural sports nutrition for endurance athletes. We’re here to fuel the challenges that get your heart racing and supercharge your next adventure.

Our science-led approach ensures that you get the right blend of nutrients you need to perform at your peak for longer. Not only that, we customise our products to meet your needs depending on your sex and the intensity of your exercise.

Endurance athletes need the best fuel to be the best. BACX is here to give you that superior performance. Head over to our products page to find out more.