We’ve established that this convenient shake is a great way to stay healthy on the go, but did you know you can get even more benefit from the product depending on when you consume it? The two best times to consume a nutrient packed meal or snack are first thing in the morning and immediately following a workout. At these times, the body is depleted and needs fuel. Of course, these aren’t the only times you should consume Ultra-Shake—they make a great snack or a quick meal anytime!


Morning

After six or eight hours of sleep (hopefully!), your body is naturally exhausted of fuel from the previous day. During sleep, the human body repairs itself—regenerating cells, recovering from expending energy, and repairing muscles when needed. This isn’t easy! In order to help your body function efficiently, you should refuel as soon as you can after waking up. Studies have shown that consuming a breakfast high in protein is an excellent way to help your muscles refuel. It has also been linked to fewer cravings and feeling satisfied after the meal[1], reducing the likelihood of overeating throughout the day.

If you are going to work out in the morning, it’s even more important that you have something for breakfast to get your metabolism in gear and your muscles ready for the work they will be doing. Try getting up an hour before your workout to have a light breakfast, like your favorite Ultra-Shake variety. By doing this, you will stabilize your blood sugar and make your work-out more enjoyable[2].

 

Pre-Workout

Consuming a meal before you work out may not always be necessary, but if you haven’t eaten in a few hours and want to work out, it’s a good idea to have a healthy snack 30-60 minutes before the workout. Attempting to exercise on an empty stomach and unfueled body can decrease your abilities during the workout, which is why consuming something such as Ultra-Shake is a good pre-workout habit. For example, if you’re heading to the gym after a day at work, drink an ultra-shake on the way. This will fuel your body and curb your hunger until you are able to have dinner after your work out is complete.  Even though providing your body with nutrients to support your workout is valuable, you should also avoid eating heavy or greasy foods. If you do, your body will be so busy trying to digest the meal that it will take energy away from your fitness regimen. A quick and light protein shake like utlrashake is perfect!

 

 

Post Workout

Do you know why you feel so tired after working out? It’s because your body has burned all its stored energy and needs to take time to repair and recover, that heavy, tired feeling you experience is your body’s way of telling you this.  Just like when you first wake up in the mornings, you need to find a way to put all that burned energy back into your body by consuming a nutrient dense snack or meal. Without doing this, your muscles can deteriorate over time and you will not experience the maximum benefit from your fitness efforts[3]. Ultra-Shake is an excellent way to refuel because it is full of vitamins, minerals, and valuable protein to help your body recover. It also eliminates the need to pre-plan because you simply need to add water and ice, shake, and consume—it doesn’t get any easier than that!

Fueling Your Body

No matter when you consume your ultra-shake or what your goals, making sure you provide your body with quality, nutritious food is the best way to ensure you feel strong and get the most benefit from your day, whether you’re focusing on fitness, going to work, being a parent, or just spending time with friends.

 

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[2] Mayoclinic.org, (2014). Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workouts - Mayo Clinic. [online] Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20045506?pg=1 [Accessed 25 Sep. 2014].

[3] Wilson, J. and Wilson, G. (2006). Contemporary Issues in Protein Requirements and Consumption for Resistance Trained Athletes. J Int Soc Sports Nutr, [online] 3(1), p.7. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1550-2783-3-1-7 [Accessed 25 Sep. 2014].