Workout Energy Gels

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    Jul 18, 2009 5:45 AM GMT
    I have recently been buying GU energy gels and taking them after a workout.
    I'd read that that juice (sugar) following a workout stops the buildup of lactic acid and helps recovery. I then read that fruit juice is not the best. I then found these energy gels that have 80% complex and 20% simple (maltodextrin) and the claim is that this ratio is ideal. I am doing it to replenish and to manipulate the insulin response (thanks Chucky) to maximize protein entering my muscles so, I take one while drinking a bottle of water, some creatine, and then eat protein like chicken breast or turkey. I eat breakfast and dinner but in between the above I take a rice milk and scoop of whey drink, so..

    Breakfast
    Mid morning Shake
    Lunch
    Pre workout Shake
    GU gel, water, creatine (post workout)
    then immediate Dinner

    I admittedly am new to the concept and wonder is this a correct way for the goal?

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    Aug 10, 2009 6:47 AM GMT
    I think the idea is to quickly replace glycogen stores by consuming a high glycemic index food and protein shortly after your workout. Maltodextrin has a high glycemic index and is good for this purpose. Read the label of your GU gel though.. some of them contain fructose, if I recall correctly. You should probably take a protein powder instead of eating solid protein to maximize recovery.

    I have no idea why creatine would help. Maybe someone else can enlighten us.
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    Aug 10, 2009 6:52 AM GMT
    If you're really obsessed you can buy pure Maltodextrin powder (search "carbogain" on amazon or google, e.g.) and mix it with protein powder to make your own post-workout drink of whatever carb/protein ratio you desire. it will last for at least a few days, maybe longer. (tip: use hot water and a blender to dissolve the maltodextrin.. and expect to end up wit a sticky mess no matter what you do).
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    Aug 10, 2009 8:33 AM GMT
    lockedoff saidI think the idea is to quickly replace glycogen stores by consuming a high glycemic index food and protein shortly after your workout. Maltodextrin has a high glycemic index and is good for this purpose. Read the label of your GU gel though.. some of them contain fructose, if I recall correctly. You should probably take a protein powder instead of eating solid protein to maximize recovery.

    I have no idea why creatine would help. Maybe someone else can enlighten us.


    Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that occurs naturally in vertebrates and helps to supply energy to muscle, aiding in recovery (thank you, wikipedia).