The Best Drinks for Building Muscle
Whey Protein Drinks
While protein from whole foods can be beneficial for anyone, a bodybuilder needs protein in high doses in a form that the body can quickly metabolize during and after a workout. The McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois recommends whey protein supplements, which can be mixed with water, milk or other liquids to create a protein-rich shake. The center notes that whey protein provides the specific amino acids needed to enhance muscle tissues, while also promoting fat loss, preserving lean muscle and enhancing your overall body composition.
For decades, milk was the go-to beverage for people who wanted bigger muscles. "Skim milk is a good choice for men who are looking to add muscle mass," says registered dietitian Kristin Reimers, the associate director at the International Center for Sports Nutrition in Omaha, Nebraska. Its benefits include high-quality, complete protein that is essential for optimal muscle growth; electrolytes and vitamins that can help replenish the body's nutrient stores after a sweaty workout; and a dose of calcium to enhance muscle contractions.
If you're the kind of person who enjoys working out in the morning, your body needs two things: fluids after the long, eight-hour drought known as sleeping, and electrolytes to help fuel your muscles while you pump the iron. An energy drink can provide both and comes recommended by "Health" magazine as a potential pre-workout booster.
A cup of joe may do more good for the average joe than just waking him up. Its caffeine can present several benefits to the hardcore bodybuilder who wants to enhance his or her physical performance, exertion abilities and stamina, according to "Men's Fitness" magazine. It may even help to reduce muscle pain among athletes -- all things that can help you enjoy a harder, better workout, and thus more enhanced muscle gains. For the best results, drink your caffeinated beverage 60 minutes before going to the gym.