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Sugary Drinks Plus Fatty Protein Make for a Bad Combo

Sugary Drinks Plus Fatty Protein Make for a Bad Combo

Conflicts between pro-athlete teammates is nothing new: Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal played for nine tension-ridden years until their animosity forced O’Neal’s trade to the Heat in 2004. Yankee’s outfielder Reggie Jackson and catcher Thurman Munson achieved two World Series titles in 1977 and 1978, but Jackson claimed he was “the straw that stirs the drink. Maybe I should say me and Munson, but he can only stir it bad.” And one of the all-time mismatches was the Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton. In 2009, Crittenton pointed a loaded gun at Arenas in the locker room because of a dispute over a card game.

But as bad a combination as those teammates were, they’re nothing compared to the damage you can do to your body from consuming sugary drinks with protein-rich meals.

A study from the USDA’s Human Nutrition Research Center found drinking sugary beverages with a meal in which 15 percent of calories come from protein, slashes fat oxidation, which kick-starts the breakdown of fat molecules, by 8 percent. And the more protein you eat the more you reduce your body’s fat-burning skills. Once again, it matters, not just how much you eat, but what you eat and what combinations of foods you take in.

Your smart move: No sugar-added drinks (unless you’re doing more than two hours of continuous exercise) and only lean proteins. And artificial sweeteners are not the answer. They may cause weight gain after your body realizes it’s been tricked out of the real thing!

Medically reviewed in October 2019.

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