The Perfect Postworkout Treat

Medically reviewed in February 2020

For a postworkout drink that helps you trim, tone, and rehydrate, look to this childhood fave: milk.

A study of weight lifters suggested that the beverage may give muscle-building and fat-trimming efforts a boost.

Muscle Up with Milk
In a 12-week study, male weightlifters who drank a 500-milliliter glass of milk right after a workout, and another glass 1 hour later, gained more lean body mass and lost more fat than the men who drank a soy or carbohydrate sports drink instead. Researchers suspect that certain proteins and amino acids in milk may help with body-building effort, while the calcium may be a boon to fat loss. Trim and tone your middle with this online ab video from expert trainer Joel Harper.

As Good as Water?
A second study showed that milk rehydrates exercisers just as well as water and more effectively than sports drinks, probably because of the abundant electrolytes in milk. Of course, milk has calories, too. So if you're trying to reduce, nothing beats water for consequence-free hydration. Walk off calories in your own living room with this video clip by walking guru Leslie Sansone.

Is milk unhealthy? Read this article and take this quiz to learn all about the pros and cons of milk.

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