Post Workout Drink Recipe

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A Good Post Workout Drink

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I was asked the other day what is good to drink right after a workout? That question comes up alot actually. There are a few things to consider when picking your postworkout drink.

First, how long is it going to be before you consume a regular food meal? If it is going to be more than thirty minutes after your workout, your postworkout drink needs will be different than someone who will eat a normal meal within thirty minutes after training.

Second, what are your current goals? Are you trying to lose fat as fast as possible or are you trying to gain muscle as fast as possible? Maybe you're trying to gain muscle and lose fat?

Typically after a workout, the intitial goal is to replenish your glycogen stores and start the recuperation process. To do this, you'll need a drink that will supply some carbohydrates. Simple carbs will get the job done faster and more effectively than complex carbs, but there are costs in body fat recuction when using simple carbs.

Within 30-45 minutes after training you will want to consume some protein also. Protein uptake is increased during this time frame and it's very important to get a nice serving of protein in your body during this period.

OK, let's analyze your situation. Are you eating a regular meal full of protein and carbs within 30 minutes after training? If yes, then your postworkout drink should consist mainly of a carbohydrate drink. It need not be loaded with carbs, but should have some simple ones to start the immediate recuperation process. The Pre-Load Creatine Complex or more preferably, the Pre-Load Creatine+Ribose from Optimum Nutrition would be a great choice. If your main goal is to gain muscle and weight as fast as possible, you could consume a double serving or substitute Cell Tech instead. Otherwise, a single serving would suffice.

If you are not going to eat a regular food meal within 30 minutes after training, you'll need a postworkout drink with some protein. In this case, I'd try drinking the Preload Creatine or Preload Creatine plus Ribose first and then 5 minutes or so after following it up with a protein drink or more preferably a meal replacement like Opti-RX. If your primary goal is to lose weight, then just go with Opti-RX or another quality meal replacement of your choice. Opti-RX has the advantages of mixing great in a shaker bottle which you can easily pack to the gym. It's also the most economical. Most other meal replacements simply will not mix without a blender.

Starting the recuperation process immediately after training can have some positive impact on your weight training results. Knowing, and identifying your specific situation will help you pick the right postworkout drink. Good luck with your training!

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