Get Your Protein DURING Your Workout

5 Jul

chocolate-milk[1]There is plenty of evidence-based research supporting the importance of consuming whey protein (and carbohydrates) following a workout.  I have written and shared information about the ideal post-workout carb to protein ratio — about 3:1 — and that chocolate milk is a comparable substitute for ready-to-drink protein shakes, powders, and bars.

Several months ago, I read an article that suggested sipping your carb/protein replacement drink during your workout, so my daughter (a high school varsity basketball player) and I decided to try it.  We each begin our workout with an 18-20 oz. glass of chocolate milk (aim for 20-30 grams of protein, and 60-90 grams of carbs).  Every 10 minutes (or so), we drink some of the chocolate milk, saving the last few ounces for the end of our workout.  In effect, we’re putting the carbohydrates and protein to work — replenishing glycogen stores and repairing/rebuilding muscles — as we workout instead of waiting until the end of the session.

Although I realize eating and/or drinking during exercise isn’t for everyone, neither my daughter nor I have had any issues with tolerability.  Give it a try.


Your thoughts?

6 Responses to “Get Your Protein DURING Your Workout”

  1. Tammy Gibson July 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM #

    Very nice! I like the personal touch in this one. Tammy


  2. Vicki July 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

    Very informative. My son drinks one after each workout, I’ll pass it on to him to try it with chocolate milk. Anything with chocolate is a bonus!

  3. slowrunnersexcursion July 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

    Interesting! I love choco milk after my speed and long run workouts. I’ll have to give this a try. It definitely makes sense for the stores to be replaced sooner while sipping throughout the workout.

    • Brian Lebo July 7, 2013 at 8:25 AM #

      Thanks, Josh! Please let me know how this strategy works for you.

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