After a HIIT workout, your body has depleted the fuel in your cells required to function. Your body needs amino acids to repair muscle tissues and carbohydrates to restore glycogen. Therefore, within 30-60 minutes of an intense workout, you should eat some protein and carbs to replenish your cells. Otherwise, your body will start eating itself, beginning the feast with your precious lean muscle!
Enter chocolate milk.
Yup, that's right. It's time to listen to your mom and your coach and drink your chocolate milk.
Compared to most other sport drinks and to plain milk, chocolate milk has the perfect balance of carbohydrates and proteins to replenish what your body needs. In addition, the high water content of chocolate milk will help rehydrate your body after a tough workout.
According to Physiologist Joel Stager, chocolate milk is, "water plus a whole lot more."
Chocolate milk contains casein and whey protein. Whey is a fast acting protein that will allow amino acids to get to work by repairing muscle tissue. Casein protein is absorbed slower, providing you with amino acids over a longer period of time, easing your recovery and preventing next day soreness. The sugar, or carbohydrates in chocolate milk will cause an insulin spike, which is OK post workout because it will allow your cells to receive glucose replenishing your energy stores.
Be sure to check the ingredients in the chocolate milk you buy and avoid the artificial flavors and preservatives.
To being a kid again,
THE SWEAT SOCIAL TEAM