That buzz isnt’ the bees, it’s all about protein shakes

From what I have been hearing this week protein shakes are the buzz.  “What’s up”, “what is the ratio”, “how soon after” are all the questions.  As well, why USANA’s NUTRIMEAL is my choice.

First and foremost “how soon after” is crucial whether you’re a competitive athlete, weekend warrior or looking to create a healthier lifestyle through weight management.  Waiting longer than two hours to eat results in 50 percent less glycogen stored in the muscle.

Research shows that combining protein with carbohydrate within thirty minutes of exercise nearly doubles the insulin response, which results in more stored glycogen.  Chances are that after your workout you have a full day.  An easy read on glycogen and why the body needs it.

According to Debra Wein of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, just 15 g of protein is the general recommendation following a resistance training or aerobic workout. The full article is here:

For you muscle heads or soon to be muscle heads (I can say that on account that I am one) eating more protein than that, however, has a negative impact because it slows re hydration and glycogen replenishment.  Carbs PLUS protein speeds recovery.

Consuming protein does have  important uses after exercise. Protein provides the amino acids necessary to rebuild muscle tissue that is damaged during intense, prolonged exercise. It can also increase the absorption of water from the intestines and improve muscle hydration. The amino acids in protein can also stimulate the immune system, making you more resistant to colds and other infections.

While healthy solid foods are the best way to fuel the body after a workout, shakes can work just as well.  A drink may be easier to digest and make it easier to get the right ratio to meet the demands.

Which brings me into the next question, why USANA. Beyond the company and its manufacturing, or even the founder  it would have to be the level of deception of other products out there.  Do your homework.  Just because a label says “no aspartame” yet contains the likes of sucralose –  ask questions, do the layer thing.

“The NUTRIMEAL drinks are intended to be snack and meal replacements and not protein specific supplements. They are specifically designed to be balanced with respect to carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The NUTRIMEALS have a calorie breakdown of approximately 50% carbohydrates (half complex and fiber, and half sugars), 25% protein and 25% fat. This balance is essential to the purpose and function of the product.”

Now let’s talk about convenience.  Convenience foods are highly processed and without getting into each individual reason or ingredient, they are basically unhealthy and they will prematurely age and disease a body.

If your one of those time-maxed people, eating on-the-go, trying to juggle a busy lifestyle, maintaining a commitment to a healthy diet can be one of your greatest challenges. Time management has us gravitated towards convenience foods not only at a takeout but also within the home.   “Due to changing lifestyles, consumers are spending less time planning and preparing meals” a 2010 Consumer Trend Report.

Unless you have planned, shopped and prepared a balanced homemade post workout meal you’re hitting the drive thru and/or making less than optimal choices.  NUTRIMEAL addresses the health needs of the body and the health needs of life.  I like to think of this product line as a bridge.  Just as supplements are exactly that, supplemental to support  healthy eating, NUTRIMEAL  is a healthy, balanced and a quick alternative when days do get busy.

It is with trust in the company and products that I continue to use and recommend only them.

Aug 7/12  UPDATE:  If your brave enough to go here, check out  what’s in your protein drink

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