I rarely take in a meal without including some form of protein unless it is during vigorous activity like a 10+ mile run. During recovery, protein is never overlooked but neither are carbohydrates. A better suggestion is to research which ratio of these macronutrients is best for recovering from the specific training you have done. Oh,… and always consult a professional nutritionist or dietitian as I am neither.
I say carbs are best before the workout , My reason is with someone i know who coaches a junior hockey team as they were getting ready just hours before their drills had some carbs for lunch ( ex noodles or pasta) as they burn their energy during their time of training. As for recovering from a workout i say protein .
Okay everyone I understand that protien plays a vital role in excersie however I have done research myself which includes concepts from a former late bodybuilder Mike Mentzer on the topic of protien and carbs, and what he states make sense in the way of recovering from workouts. He says that:
M.M.(Mike Mentzer) The most important thing regarding nutrition is that a bodybuilder obtain a well-balanced diet. This can be accomplished by getting the daily compliment from each of the Four Basic Food Groups:
1) fruits and vegetables
2) cereals and grains
3) meat, fish and poultry and
4) milk and daily products.
Doing so will give you the proper ratio of nutrients – 60 percent carbs, 25 percent protein and 15 percent fats.
Mike belived that complex carbs were key to rapid recovery because the body needs energy right away to fill up or repair just trained muscles..he even says that the diet should be 60% CARBS AND 25% PROTIEN after a workout no matter what kind of training it is! (Ahttp://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mminter.htm) Please check this site out.
And as we all know it takes the body way longer to breakdown protien than it does to break down carbs!
I would like you all to visit you tube and watch his speeches on his insight dealing with post recovery. The website is…(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1KKzIAu-ms)
I have used mostly carbs for post recovery and I must tell you I feel the difference compared to loading up on protien!
And yet another expert in dieting has said this…Dr. Pierre Dukan answered:
Of all the food categories, the digestion of proteins is the most time consuming. It takes over three hours to break down and assimilate proteins. The reason for this is simple: protein molecules are long chains with well-soldered links, and to break down their resistance requires the combination of good chewing and the simultaneous attack of various gastric, pancreatic, and biliary juices.
This long process of calorie extraction taxes the system; it has been calculated that to obtain 100 calories from a protein food, the system must use 30 calories. We can say that the specific dynamic action of proteins is 30 percent, while it is only 12 percent for fats and just 7 percent for carbohydrates. (http://www.sharecare.com/question/why-digest-protein-fats-carbohydrates)
So my point is everyone is indeed different however when one is trying to recover right after a workout it takes the body way too long to recive the benifits of ingesited protiens compared to carbs. Now if a person is diabetic then bu all means take a small amount of carbs with more protien, but for the average healthy individual carbs help the recovery process faster than protien. Thank you all for your insight you my friends do indeed have valid points!