What you eat before you go to the gym might make a big difference in transforming your body. Drinking a protein shake before and during weight training may speed fat loss, say researchers at Syracuse University. They found that people who drank a combination of amino acids and carbohydrates had higher metabolic rates the next day compared with when they ate just carbs. The extra protein may help lower the stress hormone cortisol, and that drop could boost your metabolism following exercise, says study author Kyle Hackney CSCS. “Consuming a protein shake during resistance training may speed fat loss and help build lean muscle.” People in the test experienced the desired benefit using 22g of protein mixed with 35g of carbohydrates.
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