Top secret post recovery drink guarantees to do the following:
• Increase strength and performance
• Dramatically speeds up muscle recovery time
• Protects from over training/increase glucose and protein reuptake
• Allows for increased muscle growth
• Scientifically tested to increase fat loss
Contains the following vital explosive ingredients:
• Calcium: Helps build and maintain strong bones. It’s also vital for nerve function, muscle contraction, and blood clotting.
• Protein: Important for a number of bodily functions including brain development and the growth of body tissues.
• Vitamin A: Maintains normal vision and skin. Helps regulate cell growth and integrity of the immune system.
• Vitamin B-12: Essential for the growth and health of the nervous system. Linked to normal activity of folic acid and is involved in blood formation.
• Vitamin D: Promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and influences bone mineralization, the strengthening of bones.
• Potassium: Regulates the body’s fluid balance and blood pressure. It also is needed for muscle activity and contractions.
• Phosphorus: Helps generate energy in the body’s cells and influences bone mineralization, the strengthening of bones.
• Niacin: Keeps enzymes functioning normally and helps the body process sugars and fatty acids. It is also important for the development of the nervous system.
• Riboflavin:Helps produce energy in the body’s cells and plays a vital role in the development of the nervous system (Milkdelivers.org)
This amazing drink is none other than…..
Believe it or not, but chocolate milk contains an optimal carbohydrate to protein ratio. This ratio is critical for helping refuel tired muscles after strenuous exercise and can enable athletes to possibly exercise at higher intensities in subsequent workouts.
There are a plethora of protein/sports drinks to choose from but these findings may suggest, regular chocolate milk can be just as advantageous for recovery from glycogen depleting exercise compared to their high priced counterparts.
Muscles can only get bigger and stronger when there is sufficient glycogen in the muscles themselves to produce adenosine triphosphate(ATP). This is the chemical in your body that allows your muscles to contract. From a workout stand point this speaks volumes in terms of getting optimal results. If muscles are prevented from contracting your workouts will suffer greatly.
After a hard workout your muscles crave glycogen. There is a window of opportunity which is estimated to be 1-2hrs after a workout session to consume carbohydrates.
Our body releases the hormone insulin in the presence of carbohydrates. Insulin will do one of two things: shove the digested carbohydrates molecule into a muscle cell for latter use as energy or it can cram the molecule into a fat cell. If we continue to eat an excess of carbohydrates but never empty our glycogen stores then the carbohydrates will be stored as fat.
This is one of the reasons why people who embark on an exercise program seem to be able to eat more food and at the same time store less fat. When drinking chocolate milk, immediately after a workout, insulin will shuttle both carbohydrates and protein into your starving muscles. Just take a look at the money you will save:
Popular sports drink = $3.00 per serving
1 gallon of milk = $3.50, 128 ounces = 16 ounces = 1 serving = 8 servings per gallon
Nesquik powder/syrup $4.95, 15 oz = 37 servings = 1 serving = 2 tablespoons
$8.95 for 8 servings of chocolate milk vs. $24 for 8 servings of sports drink
And you have at least 29 servings of Nesquik left over!
There is no magic bullet…. just hard work (exercise) and a sensible diet plan.
I drink protein shakes for variety, accessibility, protein and added calories. I don’t drink them because I think they will improve my performance or give me a Greek God bod.
In the ever growing world of fad workouts, and bogus nutrition plans, the health conscientious person is often left bewildered and confused.
Use common sense and sound judgment. Don’t be fooled into thinking product A will solve your fitness problems.
Nothing compares to exercise, intrinsic psychology fitness motivation and a balanced diet!!!!
“Having a goal is the easy part: it’s putting in the hard work that really tests a person’s strength of character” – Jason McCartney
First published 2007