Anyone who reads this site has had it hammered into their brain time and time again-protein/carbohydrate drinks immediately post-workout are the best way to halt catabolism, enhance muscle growth, improve recovery, get more dates, etc. Basically they’ve been touted by every expert on this site as the best thing since sliced bread.
But has anyone noticed difficulty staying really lean while using these drinks? Anyone who pays attention to their diet avoids simple sugar like the plaugue, yet there we are in the weightroom slamming down 50-100 grams of dextro/malto after every workout. Personally, I find the insulin spike causes me to crash about 45 minutes later, almost to the point where I am unable to function properly. And, while I normally do not crave sweets, I get terrible cravings for these types of foods shorlty after my post workout drink.
Previously I just had a whey shake during my workouts, and whole-food meal shorlty after. I found it rather simple to stay very lean using this protocol, and did not feel I had problems with recovery.
My question is simply this-for the drug free trainee (not an athlete) training one time a day, 3-4 days a week (with a few cardio sessions thrown in), interested in body comp only, would it be more productive to simply to have a whole food meal after training consisting of some quality carbs like oatmeal, banana, sweet potatoes, etc.?
Now before you berate me for questioning the dogma that is Surge, just stop and think back to your own experiences (not what you,ve been told by articles, but what has actually worked for you in the real world). If you still disagree with me, please respond with reasons why you think these drinks have helped you reach your body comp goals. If any of you out there do not use recovery drinks in your training, I would like to know why, and what impact it has had on your body comp.