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What To Eat After A Workout

Working out to get that summer body ready? Unfortunately, it’s going to take more than exercise. Proper nutrition is key when it comes to losing weight, gaining muscle, and maintaining your health. For better results, here are the best things to eat after a workout.

Your body needs protein to repair muscles, making this the most important thing to consume after a workout. Protein replenishes what you lost during your workout so that your muscles can recover. If you’re a fan of protein shakes, drinking them right after your workout is ideal. If you would rather have food than a shake, try to get your protein from chicken, fish, and eggs. Meal ideas include grilled chicken with vegetables, an omelet filled with veggies and healthy meats, or, if you prefer fish, salmon and tuna are both great fish sources of protein.

Carbohydrates can give your energy levels a boost after a workout. Plus, if you’re going to eat carbs in general, after a workout is the best time. Add a banana or two to your protein shake, or, if you’re having a full meal, try to incorporate potatoes or rice to your protein source.

Avoid Fats
After a workout, you want to eat protein and carbs, but at the same time you want to avoid fats. Eating fats after a workout will negate any benefits you gained from the exercise. They will also inhibit the way your body processes protein and carbohydrates. These fatty foods include fast food, pizza, sugary beverages like soda, and any snacks that have high sodium content. Just say no.

The amount you eat following a workout is dependent upon a few things, making this task rather tricky. The intensity and length of your workout, as well as how often you workout, play a role in your food intake. Longer, more intense workouts should be followed with more carbs than proteins. If you exercise regularly, your body will need more carbohydrates in general, as opposed to those who workout sporadically throughout the year.

You may want to devise a post-workout meal routine. Trial and error will help you find meals that you like with the right balance of protein and carbohydrates to properly refuel your body.

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