Good day to you my dear lifters! Today I’d like to talk about post-workout supplements.
The bodybuilding industry managed to put in people’s mind that they absolutely need to take a protein shake (or supplements) right after their workout. And obviously they always have ‘scientific research’ to back up their argument.
But I want to let you know that a protein shake is not necessary to take after your session.
However, if a protein shake is not a mandatory, something to recover wouldn’t be a bad idea.
If you are a true lifter, you always hit the gym as hard as you can. It always leaves us pretty knackered. In fact, any kind of hard training whether you go to gym or play football will deplete your system of glycogen. This is the fuel your body needs to make you perform those physical activities.
Besides, when I used to take supplements (long time ago now) right after my training, it was more for the recovery factor rather than the need to have proteins in my body.
But when I stopped taking protein shakes, I faced the problem: what to take!!!
As I always do, I started reading many articles on the subject trying to find the ideal recovery beverage without being obliged to take a protein shake. Of course, I could find tons of homemade smoothies’ recipes made of bananas and peanut butter. But time I come back home to prepare my smoothie, it would be also time for me to have a hard meal.
And as I always told you, nothing can replace a hard meal. You definitely can put on muscles without taking any supplements. The key lies in your plate. You have to make sure to eat enough proteins during the day – it’s very easy. Chicken, tuna, beef, turkey, eggs are excellent an source of proteins.
But let’s come back to our main subject. I needed something ready that I could take with me in my gym bag and consume it right after my workout.
After my readings and knowledge, I understood that the most important thing you need to recover from a hard session is some sugar/carbs in your blood. I would even say from my experience that it is more important than proteins itself.
You may tell me that proteins are actually ideal after your training to repair your muscles fibers and I agree with you. But if you eat a hard meal containing a lot of proteins like me (two steaks or two chicken breasts…) within two hours after your workout, proteins should not be your primary concerns.
So through my readings, I found out that a ratio of 3:1 carbs/proteins was the ideal combination to recover from a hard session. And apparently, chocolate milk is the perfect beverage to take after your workout.
Typical from me, I wanted to know from a bodybuilder point of view if such beverage was good to take….and I wasn’t surprised. Every lifter was mocking chocolate milk as a replacement of a good old school protein shake. What made me laugh is that they can believe professional bodybuilders and some studies saying that proteins shakes are the best for muscle growth but they can’t accept serious studies about the efficiency of chocolate milk.
But hey, whatever! I am not trying to keep you away from proteins shakes and supplements in general. It still happens to me to take a protein shake after my workout (very rare though).
I am also not trying to sell chocolate milk as being the best recovery beverage after your workout.
I simply want to show to everybody that achieving a great physique without supplements is possible. Since the beginning I have been honest with you: you will probably not look like a professional bodybuilder, but you can have an amazing body with a NATURAL DIET.
My point here is that if you want to take something after your workout but not a protein shake, chocolate milk might be the perfect deal. With a closer look to chocolate milk, it exactly shows a ratio of 3:1 – a bottle of 330ml contains around 33g of carbs for 11g of proteins.
Curiosity pushed me to try it out by myself. I decided to take chocolate milk after I stopped taking protein shakes. As of now, I am still drinking this beverage after my workout. The beverage suits me perfectly. The high carb content helps me to recover and put some glycogen back in my system.
So my dear lifters do not feel ashamed to keep out of the herd.
As long as you reach your objective, you have the right to take whatever you want. Your values are more important than anything else.
Now it’s time to drink my chocolate milk, cheers!