Daily tip #10| Post-work out meal.

Today's tip is about nutrition, the post-workout type. Yes, you should eat after your workouts. Not eating after your workout is just plain horrible, the workout is worthless.

Yes, I did say worthless, that was not a long, 9 word typo. Building muscle could be like... Building a house. Now, building a house without bricks is going to leave it very unfinished. Nobody is going to buy the house, and you wouldn't want that, would you?

Same applies to muscles, building muscle without proper nutrition will leave the muscles carbohydrate resources depleted, and the fibers damaged. Depleted and damaged sounds plain awful, doesn't it? It actually is good, but just for short periods of time. Why? Muscle breaks down in order to repair itself into a stronger version, to accomplish the action you wanted to do.

Now that you know this, let's get into the fun part. Eating.

After your work outs, you simply need two things. Carbohydrates and protein.

Do you want some suggestions? Sure:

  • Nuts ( not many ) and dried fruits.
  • Fruit juice with chicken/fruit sandwiches.
  • Vegetarian omelet with toast
  • Cereal with milk
  • Eggs and toast
  • A protein or energy bar
  • A protein or energy shake

  • I do not recommend eating the last two more than once per day, you don't want your diet to be all shakes.

  • Now, what should you not eat? You should not eat anything that contains FAT. Fat slows down the  digestion. Meaning it would slow down the digestion of the carbs and protein you just ate, which you don't really want. You're not sure why you don't want that, you might say "it's going to be digested sooner or later, anyways.". Well, there's this thing called 'the golden hour', it's the first hour after your work out. 

    During the first hour, your glycogen stores are depleted. So enzymes which convert glucose to glycogen are rushed to your muscles in order to quickly repair the stores. The post-workout meal is very important in order to replace the nutrients and fluids. You should also not forget to drink a lot of water

    However.. Any small amount of carbohydrates won't do. You must eat enough carbohydrates in order to trigger insulin. Insulin is the harmone which shoves carbs and amino acids into your muscles. In doing this, the carb resynthesis speeds up and protein start to rapidly repair the broken tissue of your muscles.

    You should always consider and think about your post-workout meals, without properly eating after work-outs, you may be possibly working out for nothing.


    Nickodemus said...
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    Nickodemus said...

    woops didnt mean tht!

    Nice tips, Ill be sure to put it in use!

    GADAFINY said...

    Need to eat after workout thanks i got it .

    Hasidic Plumber said...

    You couldn't have said it better, it's the fun part of working out hahaha :)

    Jessica Thompson said...

    Thanks for these tips!
    Check me out =) alphabetalife.blogspot.com

    George Anderson said...

    Nice tip, thanks for the suggestions!

    Anonymous said...

    Wow, didn't know about that. Thanks for the tips!

    Jazz bazooka said...

    i like your tips, but i like my diet : shut up and eat

    Gizmo said...

    i always eat fruits right after training to restore my energyi always eat fruits right after training to restore my energy

    Anonymous said...

    I'm always eating!! D:

    Natural One said...

    I have 5 protein bars sitting on my desk now, they look so delicious, then when you eat it - it taste like a mud pie :D

    Shaw said...

    What's the best way to prepare chicken?

    neatfit said...

    @Shaw, okay so what I do is I take a sheet of foil (make sure to spray it with cooking spray), season the chicken breast (lemon, pepper is common) and place it on the foil, make sure the edges come together and fold them. Place on a cooking sheet, bake in the oven at 325 degrees for about an hour. It doesn't dry out, it's nice and tender.

    Milky said...

    I like coming on your blog because it reminds me that I need to eat healthy and do some training ><

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