Now this is my kind of study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25811308
The key thing that the authors, including a friend of mine John Cuddy, left out of this study is what fast food establishment food was used. This way I know whether to plow down big macs or whoppers after my workouts. In all seriousness I enjoyed this article and some of the key points to take away is that the authors are not suggesting you eat fast food, but merely showing that unhealthy food can be just as effective as restoring the glycogen you lost during your workout and not affect performance. Pointing out that the amount of macro nutrients in your post food recovery is very important. We all know the benefits of eating healthy and avoiding fast food consumption in excess, so it would be ideal to see a long term study of similar make up in different age groups, but it is really not necessary, because when in doubt seek out healthy food when you’re done your workout. The more competitive you are as an athlete the more important this is for recovery and improved performance.
One interesting question John asked me is “if the macronutrient profiles are the same in fast food are they any less healthy than the processed bars and fruit snacks?” Really does make you think twice about some of the supplements used for post workout recovery.
Jason Kilderry, NSCA-CPT, NSCA-CSCS, USA Level 1 Track and Field Coach, holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology from AT Still University and bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University. Jason is the owner of ETA Coach and Cythera Health. He comes highly recommended by his athletes for his help in improving their performance, health, and wellness. Jason coaches athletes who range in ability from newbies taking on their first race, to many who have qualified for various championships the Olympic Trials, Boston Marathon, New Jersey High School Meet of Champions, Ironman World Championships, Half Ironman World Championships, and the USA Triathlon National Championships.
Think critically, question often, and train smart.