The Snail

So, you may be wondering why there's a snail in my heading when I claim that this blog is about exercise and music. I could come up with a witty joke (actually, I probably couldn't, I have perhaps the driest sense of humour in the world), but I figure I'll just go with the boring truth.

Way back in the mystical time that was 2009 I started this blog. I was bored, I liked the internet, and I thought that blogging would be my first step towards conquering it (I hear that Steve Jobs is the final boss, and when you beat him you get a free copy of the yet to be release OS Liger). So I spent hours trying to figure it out, reading different peoples blogs, playing around with the layout, and basically just wasting as much time as I could because I'm a giant child. Anyway, I didn't really have a name for the blog, but I always used song lyrics as my the title for my posts, so I thought why not use a song for my blog. I guess my favourite song a the time was Snails by the format, so I named my blog "Snails See the Benefits." So there you have it, the totally lame reason why there's a snail in my header. I've just realized that by the time anyone actually reads this I will have probably changed that snail into something else...... but probably not, who has the time really?

Since then I've tried to reinvent the blog and make it more focused on two things I know a little bit about, but I've been too lazy to change the header. I'm not sure if the name is quite right yet anyway, but I don't want to keep changing it because I'm confusing google. It crawls over me one week and the next week, bam! I've disappeared.

Oh, on a side note: Sarah and I are going on our honeymoon tomorrow, and as such I will be sans internet for about two weeks. We're going to Barcelona and Marrakech. check out the ladies blog in the near future for an update and some snazzy photos of our trip.

Update: Coincidentally, Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of apple, I guess someone has conquered the internet before me. Damn.

Protein and Chocolate Milk

When I was working as a personal trainer before I took on my masters in physiotherapy I got asked one question a lot. That question was - what protein do you recommend? My answer almost undoubtably was chocolate milk. Confused? I'll explain it.

First off I will clarify something. I do not discredit the fact that a protein shake is helpful for a specific population, but for the general population the cost outweigh the benefits, and what in fact a lot of people end up buying are the ingredients for expensive pee as your body will only absorb a certain amount of the protein and get rid of the rest. For the general population that is roughly 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight for woman and 0.9-1.0g of protein per kg of body weight for men, slightly higher after you exercise.

So let's do the math. Let's assume a 60kg woman. She needs 0.8x60 = 48g of protein. Her meals are as follows:
Breakfast: 2 eggs and toast = ~12g protein
Snack: yoghurt = ~4g protein
Lunch: PB&J sandwich and a fruit cup = ~12g protein
Snack: babybel cheese serving: ~5g protein
Dinner: chicken and broccoli casserole = ~20g protein

giving us a grand total of 53g of protein just from meals and snacking.

So does she really need to get another 25-40g of protein from a typically protein shake? Or will she benefit more from a serving of chocolate milk that has 9g of protein? Assuming she's a regular gym goer who does cardio and some light weight training. I will argue that given her needs the 25-40g would be excessive and the 9g from the serving of milk would easily meet her protein requirements post exercise. So why spend your money on a bunch of protein that your body will just piss away, when you could have a glass of delicious chocolate milk?

There are other benefits of chocolate milk as a post-exercise drink, but I don't want this entry to be too long. I'll just bullet point a couple:

~3:2:1 carbs:protein:fat ratio
~160cal (calories are very important post exercise)
calcium + vitamin D (strong bones)
it's delicious! (seriously, tastiest thing on the planet)
Relatively cheap when compared to protein supplements
packed with electrolytes

I think that should about cover it. As always if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me, either comment below or email me directly from my contact page.

Again as always, if fashion/travel tickles your fancy check out my ladies blog.


For anyone out there who is following this blog, I'm sorry for the hiatus the last couple of weeks. Sarah and I just moved into a new flat and haven't had internet since july 21st, and won't have it until august 16th. I'm working on a couple posts in the meantime, but I won't be able to get them up for a little while. bear with me. And as always, you can check out Sarah's fashion blog if that tickles your fancy.