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Muscles Want Protein, Not Carbs

man jump ropeIf you’re an athlete who leans toward strenuous workouts, whether you pound the pavement or fly down black diamond ski slopes, it is time to tweak your recovery, sports nutritionists say.

The long-held belief from the late 1960s encouraging avid exercisers and elite athletes to rehydrate and to reload with carbohydrates is passé. Protein has muscled its way back into popularity.

Studies show that carbohydrates combined with a little protein creates a better muscle refueling and building response, and it reduces cortisol, a hormone that breaks down muscle, says Nancy Clark, an active member of the American Dietetic Association’s sports nutritionists and fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

See this story at USA Today.

See Matt’s Top 10 Post-Workout Snacks.

February 13th, 2009

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