In an earlier blog entry, we discussed the basics of what your body needs before a workout. In today’s entry, we’re going to talk about how to make the most out of your workout by having the right nutrients after you’ve hit the gym.
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The “Anabolic Window”
While there is some controversy about this concept, many athletes, trainers, and other people who spend a lot of time studying the human body have posited that there is a period of time directly following a workout where the body is most receptive to protein absorption and synthesis. They say that eating right away can help you build more muscle and reduce your recovery time. While there aren’t enough studies to confirm or disprove this theory, many people who eat directly following time at the gym report that they feel better than they do after they wait to eat.
As always, keeping your body hydrated is one of the most important parts of staying healthy. Sweating can dehydrate you, so keep a bottle of water with you during and after your workout. If you are extremely thirsty, or you are cramping, a bottle of low-sugar sports drink can speed up your hydration by replenishing your electrolytes and minerals.
Your body needs protein in order to keep the muscle you have and build new muscle. During a workout, your body is using the energy stores found in your muscle to fuel you as you lift or do cardio. If you don’t eat protein after emptying these stores, your body will begin to use your muscle tissue as an energy source. This can lead to muscle soreness and can slow down your muscle growth.
To take full advantage of the protein you eat, you need a source of energy that your body can access more quickly than the protein you’ve eaten. Carbohydrates like rice, cereal, and fresh fruits, give you fast energy.
Should I Eat Fats After a Workout?
The best kinds of fats to have are healthy fats like Omega-3s. Many protein sources have some fat, so stick to fish and avocado instead of foods that are loaded with unhealthy fats.
How to Get Everything You Need
Supplements can help you fill in the areas of your diet that are more difficult to take care of between the gym and home or the gym and work. While we all wish that we had the time, energy, and resources to cook perfectly balanced meals that are ready to eat as soon as you finish working out, that just isn’t the reality for most people. If you had time to grab a small bowl of berries on your way out the door, but you don’t have beans or salmon to go with it, any of the high-protein supplements that we make at Golden Era are a great way to get protein. Other supplements we make can fill in the gaps that you might miss if you don’t have healthy carbs to eat, or if your other foods aren’t a great source of calories or other nutrients.
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