BF Bullpup wrote:
I do notice a big improvement in recovery right after a workout when I take PWO nutrition. I am ignorant enough to only know the science behind it from reading Biotest articles, but if I feel better on PWO than off it, then who am I to argue or analyze?
gi2eg, why do you want to follow our ancestors in their eating habits when most of them didn’t live past the age of 30?
Because they were muscular, free of chronic disease, and died mostly from acute trauma and infections.
My argument is not different than yours, I feel better without it, just offering an unpopular opinion and method. OP can try what he wants.
Adaptation occurs simply to allow the organism to reproduce as successfully as possible, whether or not you live past 50 is not an issue, as long as you have kids and are able to raise the kids long enough so that they can have kids. The key point here is that our body is a system, like you allude to, built to run a certain way. However, any such system is open to ‘exploits’ to change the way it runs. Workout nutrition is simply an amazing breakthrough in the nutrition field and shuold definitely be taken advantage of.
If you were truly concerned about health, you’d take a pre and post workout shake. Most people herald the post-workout shake by virtue of increased muscle recovery / growth, but there are actual significant health benefits for doing so. A high intensity workout takes a truly large toll on your body. Anti-oxidants run high due to the damage caused to muscle fibers. The immune system is depressed. pre / post-workout shakes, particularly ones fortified with vitamin C / E, have been shown to make significant improvements in immune function and reduce anti-oxidant levels (read: your body will get sick less, suffer lessened effects of anti-oxidant damage, along with the improved recovery aspect). If you are in the business of trying to build muscle, or even just being healthy, it’s simply nonsensical to not take a shake.
I’ll even pubmed an abstract because there’s so much literature on the topic:
Here, vitamin C supplementation post workout alone resulted in athletes in the study getting upper respiratory tract infections half as often as athletes taking the placebo. [/quote]
Thanks for the post, it seems you put thought into it. I do have a few comments/questions, however.
Am I missing part of that study that includes time of ingestion? And it seems we don’t know what these people are eating for their first meal post workout, is this correct?
“the studies were heterogeneous in terms of exercise interventions, selection of athletes, settings and outcomes. The overall methodological quality of most of the trials was poor.”
Also, I honestly have only gotten sick when I eat higher sugar. I also don’t have a problem recovering or building muscle (to the extent that I’ve discussed). It shouldn’t be too hard to find studies on sugar and immune system depression. In fact, what I’ve read seems to suggest an amplification of oxidative stress and inflammation.
By the way, I don’t think you meant to type “anti-oxidants run high” but I think I know what you meant (free radicals?). Clearing that up for other lurkers/posters.