After hitting a massive wall for a few weeks in a row, I decided that I may not be recovering properly after a ride. And by that I mean I really wasn't taking *any* steps to recover. I decided to try out some Hammer Recoverite for the last week, and so far I've been feeling a little better. Not perfect, mind you, but last night was my 4th night in a row riding and I felt stronger than I normally do by day 4 (incidentally, Day 3 was complete pain, but I was low on electrolytes so I think that was my problem that day).
I believe the recovery drink helps. The only problem? It's got a fair amount of calories. 2 Scoops runs me an extra 170 calories per ride, and if I do 3 scoops for an extended ride that'll be 250 calories. Additionally it's got a high level of Maltodextrin in it. While Maltodextrin isn't a simple sugar, it's actually got a higher glycemic index than sugar, so it's really got the same effect of sugar on the body. This is the part that concerns me, since high-glycemic foods tend to make you store fat. The Hammer nutition site mentions that it's ok because you're refueling your muscles after a workout, but I get the feeling that this advice is really geared more towards professional athletes who are already at a comfortable body weight. So basically I'm wondering does anyone here have any experience with recovery drinks while maintaining a steady regimen of weight loss? Am I alright here or should I just go back to plain water?
Additionally, I do weight lifting workouts twice a week; would a 3:1 carbrotein recovery drink be useful for these at all or do I want to go with more protein?