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Thoughts on Coconut Water

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 09, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I have been paleo for about 5 months now. I absolutely love it!!!! I feel great and I am losing weight. I am 5'9" and currently weigh 218 lbs (down from 245 lbs). I am hoping to still drop some more weight, hopefully 18 more pounds. I crossfit 4-5 times a week. Right now my diet is very low carbs Monday through Friday, but on Saturday and Sunday I allow myself a little more carbs and some non-paleo carb/sugar sources (mostly beer).

My question is will drinking coconut water after crossfit impede my weight loss progress? I know that there is a fair amount of natural sugar in coconut water. I think my performance at crossfit is being hindered by my lack of carbs during the week. I am looking for something to eat/drink post workout that will help my athletic performance but won't hurt my weight loss.

PLEASE don't suggest cutting out the beer on the weekends. I understand that it hurts my progress and it is absolutely not paleo, but I am not ready to give up beer. Also, I hate sweet potatoes.

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on May 10, 2013
at 02:02 PM

Amen to that .

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on May 10, 2013
at 01:59 PM

we could go on forever. It always amazes me when people say they cannot get enough carbs because they don't like potatoes with every meal.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 09, 2013
at 02:12 PM

Don't forget turnips and true yams!

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:54 PM

carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, bananas....

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:09 PM

Good point re: carbs in coconut water -- I'm an optimizing-generalist, but I forget that there's people who strive for nearly zero carbs out there!

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:02 PM

Coconut water is mostly okay. It's very, very low in sugar compared to any drink that isn't water. Just make sure you seek out 100% pure coconut water, and not "coconut water drinks" that they are selling these days. Honestly, at 40-50 calories for 8oz, I would barely even consider it a legitimate carb source. The fairly high level of potassium is good, too, especially post workout.

LOL - I think you're the first person that claims to hate sweet potatoes. Just remember: there's potatoes, squashes, beets, yuca, taro, plantains, and more!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 09, 2013
at 02:12 PM

Don't forget turnips and true yams!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 09, 2013
at 01:54 PM

carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, bananas....

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 10, 2013
at 02:02 PM

Amen to that .

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 10, 2013
at 01:59 PM

we could go on forever. It always amazes me when people say they cannot get enough carbs because they don't like potatoes with every meal.

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on May 09, 2013
at 02:05 PM

very little of the coconut water in the market is natural -- almost all has some added sugars. But if you find the 100% pure stuff, drink it up. I used to use it during long runs.

But don't fool yourself, drinking it post workout will not provide a HUGE benefit to your performance. If you need the carbs for performance, you need to be receiving them throughout the day, not just post-work out.

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:39 PM

I agree with greymouser in that coconut water is a fairly negligible carb source for someone like yourself. For somebody with severe insulin resistance who is trying to stay in ketosis, then its a different story. But if I were you, and trying to lose weight while keeping up my performance in crossfit, I would add some starchy carbs before and after crossfit sessions. Carbs before will allow you to push harder and get more intensity out of the workouts, and carbs after will refill glycogen and prevent your cortisol levels from going too high. Overall, your weight loss may take some tough love. You don't have to cut out the beer, but you may want to tone it down on the weekends.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 09, 2013
at 01:09 PM

Good point re: carbs in coconut water -- I'm an optimizing-generalist, but I forget that there's people who strive for nearly zero carbs out there!

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on August 16, 2013
at 02:02 PM

Like the previous posters have mentioned, it's very low in sugar compared to other drinks, here is the article about coconut water and weight loss so you can read. I drink coconut almost every day but only natural water, now store-bought one as in commercial drinks there is a lot of sugar and other additives.

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