How Necessary is the P90X Recovery Drink?
P90X Recovery DrinkSep 12th, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category: P90X FAQ, Supplements
Perhaps there is no question that is more often asked or more heatedly debated than the questions that ask if the P90X recovery drink is really needed when doing the P90X program.
Here’s where I stand. I actually put off getting the recovery drink for the first two weeks of the program and I definitely made some progress. Moreover, I was afraid of the recovery drink because it has so much carb in it. And like many of you, I wondered if the drink was worth the cost. When you calculate it, the recovery drink costs about $1.76 (unless you are a club member and then it costs about $1.58 per drink).
I decided to buy the recovery drink after 2 weeks but I made some modifications. First, I use only half a serving. Then I supplement it with 10 grams of vanilla whey protein powder (I admit I use Body Fortress brand which is very good but also pretty cheap over at Walmart) and some lower sugar orange juice. I also add about an ounce of coconut kefir for the probiotics and the MCFAs. (I get that at Whole Foods.) I also boost the vitamins in it by adding a package of Emergin C (Tangerine flavor) which is a buffered form of vitamin C and has a nice serving of ‘B’ vitamins and several minerals in it. Place it all in a mixer and you have a recovery drink that is also a meal replacement shake. The ratio of carbs to protein does change to about 3 to 1 which based on some research I’ve done, looks to be still in a very favorable range. It costs me about $1.00 which is pretty cheap for a nutritious meal. Also the taste is really good. It tastes like an Orange Julius drink.
I use this recovery – meal replacement shake after all the weight based workouts, after plyometrics and sometimes after Kempo. I make a different shake on yoga days that is lower carb. And my results have really taken off. I not only have been seeing huge figure improvements but I’m getting stronger all the time. It’s clear to me that despite the added carbs (which can be a problem when your main goal is to lose body fat), I’m losing more fat and building muscle at a rate significantly greater than what I saw during my 1st 2 weeks. So my vote is for the recovery drink – modified for my needs – for greatest results.
My hubby Bob does take his recovery drink straight (no mixing in additional protein). It works for him because men have more muscle mass than women so the extra carbs are no problem. He also says he can feel the difference when he takes it regularly and when we occassionally run out. So bottom line is that I’m not going to say you can’t get good results without it but if you are really in this for a huge transformation, I recommend it highly.
Find out more about the P90X Recovery drink here.
On a final note, what you need may be different from me. Do be sure you get enough protein and if you are not completely sure what that should be, read my article on protein requirements.Google+