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Results & Recovery Formula & HGH
Results & Recovery Formula & HGH
protein recovery formula hgh straight dope mailbag chats
1/26/13 8:05 AM
Steve,

I love your articles on The Straight Dope. I have read your article #262 on the mailbag about the recovery formula and it all makes perfect sense. I have also read your post on your website about the purpose of the carb to protein ratio and again makes sense. Been taking the recovery formula for about 6 months now and it tastes and works great.

Recently, I came across another article (I forget where or who by) that stated that high GI/sugar/carbs lower your hgh and that after a workout, hgh levels are very high. My question is would it be beneficial to hold off on the recovery formula for a certain period of time so that my hgh levels stay high? And if so, what is the amount of time you recommend? I know you recommend taking the recovery formula within 30 minutes after a workout, but would I be able to put this off for a longer time in order to take advantage of the higher hgh levels? And again what would you recommend here?

Thanks a lot! I look forward to hopefully hearing from you. I watch all your beachbody chats and I look forward to the next one with you and Dennis. I learn the most from your guys' chats and thank you for helping change my life.

Brandon
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RE: Results & Recovery Formula & HGH
1/31/13 4:32 PM as a reply to VBFitPit.
Bump

anybody got an answer for me?
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RE: Results & Recovery Formula & HGH
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2/1/13 12:39 PM as a reply to VBFitPit.
Indeed, the insulin spike that comes along with recovery formula does indeed blunt the initial surge in HGH following a workout. If you want to milk the HGH surge, you can delay the usage of recovery formula for 30 minutes or so. If you choose to do this, don't wait more than 30 minutes post-workout, or you'll really just be doing more harm than good with the amount of sugar in it.

If you do want to wait more than 30 minutes, that's perfectly fine, but just eat a higher-carb whole-food meal post-workout (i.e. chicken and sweet potatoes) in lieu of recovery formula. I've done this and it works perfectly fine. Contrary to what you may believe, glycogen restoration occurs all day long, not just in the post-workout "window".

I don't personally use recovery formula, simply because I find that whole foods work just
fine for me. Just eat your carbs post-workout (whenver that may be) and you should be fine.

Hope that helps.
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RE: Results & Recovery Formula & HGH
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2/5/13 1:07 PM as a reply to VBFitPit.
For anyone interested, I asked this same question on Steve's website and he responded with this:

"It's a great question and I've written about it a bunch, though not here apparently. I actually had a conversation with bodybuilder Tom Platz on this subject years ago and both are known effects. We both agreed that the best protocol, because the GH release is short lived, would be to finish the workout, shower, etc, maybe relax a bit (hard core dudes like to nap for 20 minutes to increase the GH effects but this is serious nitpicking over a minimal effect) and then replenish glycogen. In a perfect world that is likely the best scenario. If you are going to pick only one, glycogen replenishment is far more important than the others."
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RE: Results & Recovery Formula & HGH
2/5/13 1:45 PM as a reply to TheBandit27.
TheBandit27:
Indeed, the insulin spike that comes along with recovery formula does indeed blunt the initial surge in HGH following a workout. If you want to milk the HGH surge, you can delay the usage of recovery formula for 30 minutes or so. If you choose to do this, don't wait more than 30 minutes post-workout, or you'll really just be doing more harm than good with the amount of sugar in it.

If you do want to wait more than 30 minutes, that's perfectly fine, but just eat a higher-carb whole-food meal post-workout (i.e. chicken and sweet potatoes) in lieu of recovery formula. I've done this and it works perfectly fine. Contrary to what you may believe, glycogen restoration occurs all day long, not just in the post-workout "window".

I don't personally use recovery formula, simply because I find that whole foods work just
fine for me. Just eat your carbs post-workout (whenver that may be) and you should be fine.

Hope that helps.


Somehow I missed this post...thanks for your help man. Makes since to me. I normally only do recovery drink after a tough weight training day. I hardly ever do it on cardio days. Thanks again for your help. Don't know how i missed it.

Brandon
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