What is post-workout nutrition?

Post-workout nutrition is an interesting topic and rightfully so. The basic idea is threefold:

1) The body deals with nutrients differently at different times, depending on activity.

2) What you consume before, during, and especially after your workout is important.

3) By consuming particular nutrients after your workouts, you improve your body composition, performance, and overall recovery.

Strategies to Prevent Post-Workout Pig Outs!!!!!

Snacking: So many people fall down on not knowing what to eat between meals or even allow themselves to go with out. Finding healthy snacks are essential to stopping you reaching for that chocolate bar! The ideal snack would be carbs to help your body refuel and add protein to help repair those sore muscles.

Add Intervals: Challenging your body with speed bursts instead of just jogging will fast track your weight loss

Fluid Intake: That hunger pain, might not actually be hunger! The signs of mild dehydration, such as low energy and sleepiness, can dupe your brain into craving food. And because these signals start before you’re even thirsty, it’s important to drink water early and often during your workout.

Have Protein With Every Meal: Options include eggs, milk, soy milk, yogurt, and oatmeal for breakfast. Include nuts, beans, whole grains, lowfat dairy, fish, lean meats, and poultry at other meals and snacks to ensure you get enough protein.

Avoid Unhealthy Rewards: Just because you worked your butt off this morning doesn’t mean you should undo all that hard work with some cheesy chips! Remember the work in the gym is only half the work, a healthy diet is essential for making sure all those hard working hours in the gym become worthwhile.

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