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Results and Recovery Formula Alternatives
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Hello,

I have just started the Insanity workout program and would like to take the recovery and results formula but I live in the UK and it does not seem to be for sale over the pond? Can anyone tell me of a suitable replacement for it?

Thank you.
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6/1/11 6:09 AM as a reply to Scottmunro.
Hi Scott,

Many people use choclate milk as a good alternative to the recovery drink.



During a 2004 Summer Olympics awash in controversies over steroids and supplements, one sportswriter wryly noticed that top American swimmer Michael Phelps was playing it safe -- he preferred to drink Carnation Instant Breakfast between races.


Now it appears that the six-time gold medalist may have been onto something. A new study shows that plain old chocolate milk may be as good -- or better -- than sports drinks like Gatorade at helping athletes recover from strenuous exercise.

The study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, was small in scale; it was partially funded by the dairy industry. But dietitians say the study should help to counter the notion that high-tech, expensive supplements are better than whole foods when it comes to athletic performance. They also note that milk contains key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, in quantities that sports drinks can’t match.

"[Milk] is a sports drink ‘plus,’" Keith Ayoob, EdD, a registered dietitian and associate professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, tells WebMD. "It will supply you with things you need whether or not you’re working out."

The study builds on findings that intense endurance exercise reduces the muscles’ supply of stored glucose, or glycogen, a key source of fuel for exercise. To maximize glycogen replacement, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Dietetic Association recommend taking in a serving of carbohydrates within 30 minutes after a long and vigorous workout.

Milk vs. Sports Drinks

Common sports drinks such as Gatorade supply those carbs, as well as fluids and electrolytes lost through sweat. However, more recent research suggests that adding protein to the mix may further hasten recovery. Hence the new wave of drinks such as Endurox R4 that include protein as well as higher doses of carbs.

In the study, nine male cyclists rode until their muscles were depleted of energy, then rested four hours and biked again until exhaustion. During the rest period, the cyclists drank low-fat chocolate milk, Gatorade, or Endurox R4. During a second round of exercise, the cyclists who drank the chocolate milk were able to bike about 50% longer than those who drank Endurox, and about as long as those who drank the Gatorade.

The findings suggest that chocolate milk has an optimal ratio of carbohydrates to protein to help refuel tired muscles, researcher Joel M. Stager, PhD, Indiana University kinesiology professor, tells WebMD.

But the most puzzling result of the study, experts say, was why Endurox -- which has the same carb-to-protein ratio as the chocolate milk -- fared so poorly. Researcher Jeanne D. Johnston, MA, tells WebMD it may have to do with the different composition of the sugars in the milk. Another theory is that the sugars in the milk may be better absorbed in the gut than those in the Endurox.

Edward F. Coyle, PhD, a researcher on exercise and hydration at the University of Texas, tells WebMD the trial would have been stronger if the researchers had also tested the effect of flavored water or another dummy (placebo) drink.

The study was partly funded by the Dairy and Nutrition Council, an industry group. Coyle says that the study’s reliance on industry funding is not unusual in the world of sports research, as federal funding for such research is hard to come by.

A Cheaper Alternative?

While rapid nutrient replacement may not be important for casual exercisers, it can make a big difference in performance for competitive athletes who work out vigorously once or twice a day, says Roberta Anding, a sports dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Anding has long recommended chocolate milk for young athletes who come to her practice at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. For children and teenagers from lower-income families, it doesn’t make sense to spend serious money on sports drinks when they can get milk as part of a subsidized lunch program, she tells WebMD. The only advantage of sports drinks, she notes, is that they never spoil.

Ayoob estimates that more than two-thirds of teenagers should be drinking more milk anyway because they don’t get enough calcium in their diets. He also recommends milk for its vitamin D and potassium content. “For me, this is a no-brainer,” he says.
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RE: Results and Recovery Formula Alternatives
6/1/11 6:33 AM as a reply to Scottmunro.
Chocolate milk is indeed a great and simple alternative. From my experience in trying different recovery drinks, I have found that a 2:1:1 recovery formula has helped me recover the quickest. I also blend in some other things. My recipe is a cup of unsweetened almond milk, a cup of water, a heaping spoonful of yogurt, kale, spinach, recovery powder and mix in frozen fruits. You can play around with different fruit combinations. I would suggest freezing them. I have sliced and frozen banannas, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, etc...I just mix them in as how I see fit. It's a great way to sneak kale and spinach into your body as well and in these warm months its a well received drink on a hot summers day. I overbuy my fruit, and as soon as it looks like it's on it's way to going bad, I cut it up and freeze it.
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1/19/12 10:10 AM as a reply to Scottmunro.
I like to do the following (it meets all of the requirements in the P90X drink):

Recovery drink
Blend together:
8 oz. Fat free (skim) milk
2Tbsp. Ovaltine
1 frozen banana (freeze the banana while you work out)

*I take my multivitamin and fish oil with this drink after the workout

This drink will not contain the L-glutamine, L-argenine and creatine (which in my opinion is over rated... look it up) found in the P90X recovery drink. The body already produces enough of these and it is not necessary to take these in addition to what you are already doing (such as a multivitamin and protein/recovery shake). Want more protein in your diet for more muscle growth, add some whey, rice, soy or egg white powder to the recovery drink mentioned above which already contains about 10g of protein. You will want an additional 5g for lean muscle and 40g for muscle mass. However, make sure that you are still in your 4:1 ratio... shop around for the correct protein powder that will give you the balance. You can even add yogurt (probably low fat or non fat) if you want to sneak that into your diet, granted that the carb:protein ratio is okay.
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RE: Results and Recovery Formula Alternatives
8/27/12 5:40 AM as a reply to Scottmunro.
I do:

4 oz. 1% organic chocolate milk
a little less than 4 oz. frozen organic blueberries
1 teaspoon creatine powder

And that has been working great for me. I wait about 10 min, and then follow up with a real protein shake and my multi-vitamin, fish oil, etc. I also take glutamine at night before bed and when I wake up, I take a vegan preworkout energizer with BCAAs and a little bit of protein powder.
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8/27/12 5:57 AM as a reply to Scottmunro.
Hey!
Im in the UK too, and started off doing some research and found Yazoo chocolate milk was one of the best tasting and most near to the ratios recommended carbs to protein.

But now i've found MaxiTone Definity Repair and Recovery formula at Holland and Barratts or any other health stores usually sell them. They have great deals like 2 for 1 or buy one get one for 1p. Theyre usually around £18.99 full price.

This is however a girlie one as i dont want to look like a weightlifter! But i think MaxiMuscle do a guys version called MaxiFuel RecoverMax which is the same kind of thing for guys. I think these would have more beneficial ingredients than chocolate milk, it just depends on your budget. But theres usually some great offers on their website and in Holland & Barrat too.

Plus they taste really good, i mix mine with skimmed/semi skimmed milk as i found that with just water it was too watery.

Hope that helps!
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RE: Results and Recovery Formula Alternatives
8/27/12 8:53 AM as a reply to Scottmunro.
I do 16 ounces of orange juice (52 grams of carbs)
1 scoop of 100% gold standard whey
1 serving of GNC plain creatine monohydrate

I also wash down 1 plant based multi-vitamin and 1 T12 Testosterone boster.

On Cardio based days. I cut the protein in half.
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8/27/12 8:58 AM as a reply to Scottmunro.
For me, i use 8 ounces skim (or 1% milk) and 1 scoop of Chocolate Whey Protein powder. if i'm doing this quickly, i just stir and drink. If i want to get creative i'll toss in some fresh blueberries, ground flax seeds and a little natural p.butter
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8/27/12 12:18 PM as a reply to Scottmunro.
My stomach doesn't always agree with me to use chocolate milk (or really any milk) right after an intense workout, but I'll drink it later in the day. For immediately after an intense workout, I'll mix a powdered sports drink with whey powder and water. My favorite is fruit punch with vanilla powder. It's easier on my stomach and tastes like an Italian cream soda. Depending on the brands, scoop sizes, and workout of the day, I'll modify the amounts I use, but generally try to get somewhere around a 2:1 ratio of carbs:protein.
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RE: Results and Recovery Formula Alternatives
8/31/12 8:24 AM as a reply to Archangel22.
What qunatitys of chocolate milk are you drinking, I am currently drinking 100ml. Which is 72cal

For uk people, tescos's own chocolate milk reads very good on the label and is what I am using at the moment.
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8/31/12 8:35 AM as a reply to Slim2k.
Endurox Restore

I used the Endurox R4 recovery formula when doing Ironman triathlons. This stuff really is a magix elixir. The Restore formula is for workouts lasting less than an hour. Great stuff.
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