If you’re trying to get jacked...
Going for the Arnold physique? A drink containing carbohydrates and protein will maximize your efforts to build muscle. According to Megan Mangano, a Los Angeles-based sports dietitian who advises the Los Angeles Clippers, intensive weight training (or any hardcore workout, including aerobic activity, lasting more than an hour) warrants downing a recovery protein drink, such as a smoothie containing yogurt and fruit.
What you’re looking for is a carb-to-protein ratio of 2:1 or 3:1. If you don’t happen to have those ingredients and a blender on hand, Mangano recommends a high-quality protein powder, or even a ready-to-drink shake. Just choose products that are manufactured by reputable companies and contain as few ingredients as possible; since the supplement industry doesn’t face much government regulation, some suppliers will load their products with fillers that do nothing for you at best.
If you’d rather drink a beer...
A beer helps you "recover," right? ACE’s Crockford adheres to a "just say no" philosophy. "Alcohol consumption can interfere with muscle recovery from exercise and negatively affect a variety of performance variables." Well, that’s not what we were hoping for. How about a second opinion?
Fortunately, nutritionist Clark isn’t quite the party pooper. "Sure, it’s OK," says Clark, "because you’re still getting water, but just stick with one and done. Enjoy the high from the run, not from the beer!" Well, do the best you can, at least.
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Alison Shore is a freelance writer who’s probably sticking to water (and beer).