Yes, it is! When you're on a diet, one of the things that you stay away from is chocolate. This sweet treat tastes heavenly but it also adds unwanted pounds to your body.
Chocolate Milk Benefits
But did you know chocolate milk can actually aid in weight loss program? Yes, you heard it right. According to a new research, drinking low-fat chocolate milk pumps up endurance, reduces fat, builds muscle, and even improves performance and productivity.
Chocolate milk that is low in fat contains the right combination of carbohydrates and protein. When you recover from an exercise workout, the things you need to do include replacing sugar stores in the muscles, turning on protein synthesis, and stopping the breakdown of protein. The amount of carbohydrates and protein in the chocolate milk work synergistically to achieve those things.
In a research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, it compared following three drinks:
- low-fat chocolate milk
- carbohydrate that doesn't have any protein
- no-calorie beverage
In the study, 10 well-trained cyclists worked out for more than two hours until they were exhausted. Some drank chocolate milk, some took the carbohydrate drink, and others consumed the no-calorie beverage.
Chocolate milk contains 11.5 grams of carbohydrates, 3.5 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fat for every 100 milliliters.
The carbohydrate drink meanwhile had 15 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fat, and no protein.
After four hours, these cyclists did a 40k cycling time trial. The cyclists who drank the chocolate milk performed the trials six minutes faster than those who consumed the other two drinks.
According to the researcher, the chocolate milk drink activated the proteins that worked to block the breakdown of the other proteins. Preservation of the protein and muscle helped greatly in the recovery process after workout.
The Study Part Two
In the second part of the study, the researcher trained 32 regular people. They cycled one hour a day, five days a week for four and a half weeks. One group was given chocolate milk right after the exercise and another one an hour later. Another group was given a carbohydrate drink. The last group was asked to take in a placebo drink that didn't contain any calories.
Oxygen consumption was found to be two times higher in the individuals who drank the milk than those who took carb or placebo drinks. The milk drinkers also had greater reduction in body fat and greater increase in lean body mass. It was further stated in the study that chocolate milk had better carbohydrate-protein combination than plain milk.
It is therefore recommended that people take in 10 to 20 grams of protein after 30 minutes of exercise. This is to replenish the lost electrolytes and carbohydrates as well as to aid in the recovery process of the muscles. Drinking chocolate milk after 30 minutes is ideal. The amount however depends on your weight and workout intensity. Generally, you can use 8 to 16 ounces of milk as a guide.