- Published: Saturday, 10 July 2010 11:10
- Written by Sharon Robb
July 4, 2010, Issue One
For years, elite athletes including five-time Olympian Dara Torres and Olympic triathlon champion Simon Whitfield have been drinking milk or chocolate milk after workouts.
It turns out that studies have shown drinking milk actually benefits an athlete’s recovery.
According to results published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, replenishing your carbohydrate stores and supplementing with protein after a workout is the best way you can recover for the next workout.
Drinking chocolate milk helps the body rehydrate and rebuild muscle that has been sapped of energy during rigorous exercise.
A recent study at McMaster University in Hamilton printed in the June issue of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise found women who drink two large glasses of milk a day after their weightlifting sessions gained more muscle and lost more fat compared to women who drink sugar-based energy drinks.
Researchers found similar results in men but the scientists were most surprised by the fat-fighting properties of milk.
Milk really does a body good!