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Is Your PT Urging You to Drink Protein Shake After a Workout ? This Study Begs to Differ

You just got back from a serious working out session at the gym. What do you reach for first? You could be one of those individuals inclined to have protein shakes immediately after hitting the gym, believing that this does wonders for your muscles.

Why wouldn’t you when everyone knows that weightlifters should consume protein shakes for muscle repair after weight-intensive sessions? Regular gym-goers have also been encouraged to do the same, with the shake being sold as the perfect way, to sum up a session.

The regular gym goer has been encouraged to take protein shakes too

However, a recent UK study begs to differ with this belief. As you already know, findings in studies are backed by sufficient data, so this research team must have concrete evidence to support their claims.

Nothing Doing

According to the University of Lincoln study, protein shakes have nothing doing when it comes to muscle recovery, so you may as well choose to have a sports drink after an intense workout. The researchers insist that neither milk-based shakes nor whey protein-based ones do the trick – they don’t ease soreness or enhance muscle recovery.

The research team’s study group comprised of 30 males, all within the 20-30 age bracket, with each of them having been exposed to resistance training for at least 12 months before the commencement of the study.

The participants were then split up into three groups, with each being assigned either a milk drink, a sweetened carbohydrate drink, or a whey hydrolysate, to be consumed after a monitored intensive working out session.

Muscle soreness was tested before and after the session on a scale of 0 to 200, with 200 being unbearable soreness. Before the intensive training, all participants had their readings fall within the 19 to 26 range, which is quite low.

After resistance training, all participants had muscle soreness scores of above 90

After the session and downing their respective drinks, the participants were retested after 24 hours and later at 48 hours. At both times, they all had muscle soreness of above 90, irrespective of the drink they took.

With this, the researchers came to the conclusion that protein shakes have no added benefits compared to carbohydrate drinks when taken after a workout, so you may as well have your pick of the lot. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

However, Dr. Thomas Gee, the research group’s team leader, says that their results don’t mean that proteins aren’t necessary for muscle repair. What the finding means is that they won’t work immediately after a workout session, but incorporating them into your diet will work in the long run.

Incorporating protein in your diet will work in the long run

Undeniable Flaws

Naturally, a study that refutes a long-held belief in sports science sends shockwaves that ripple through all interested parties. As such, there have been those keen on pointing out that this study has several undeniable flaws, starting with its study group.

For a conclusion as huge as this, there are those who feel that 30 participants aren’t that big of a study group to reach it. They, therefore, propose more expansive studies to confirm whether the results will be similar to this one from the University of Lincoln.

Also, critics note that this study had no control group, say a group of individuals who consumed water. If there had been such a group, researchers would have been able to also test whether these drinks have any benefits at all.

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