Other research suggests regularly recovering with chocolate milk could help athletes tone up. Milk’s high-quality protein has been shown to help athletes gain more lean muscle compared to drinking a carb-only or soy protein beverage; additionally, some athletes lost fat by recovering with lowfat chocolate milk as part of a regular workout and recovery routine, compared to drinking a carb-only beverage.2, 3, 4
Elite athletes, coaches and serious exercisers have long recognized the benefits of lowfat chocolate milk. “Chocolate milk is a ‘real food’ option that can really make a difference in an athlete’s training,” said Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, a noted sports nutrition expert. “This will be a tough journey for Apolo, and recovering with chocolate milk – with the right carb to protein ratio – will be a crucial part of his seven-month training and recovery program.” Chocolate milk has high-quality protein to build lean muscle, it has the right mix of protein and carbs to refuel exhausted muscles, plus it has fluids and electrolytes to help replenish the body.
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