So, you’ve just finished an incredibly intense workout at the gym (eh hem…right?!? That’s the only way to train, right?!? 🙂 …now what? Take a breather and eat later because you are just too tired to eat at this point? Wait until you get home, shower and get ready for work…. OR, until you finish running the errands that you need to do before you start the daily grind again tomorrow? NO WAY! The timing and quality of your Post Workout Meal (PWM 🙂 ) are arguably the most important details of exercise nutrition!!
You cannot build a house without the proper combination of bricks and mortar in the same way that your muscle cannot rebuild itself without the proper building blocks of carbohydrates and protein. You must provide the muscles with the raw materials that it needs to grow. Prepare a protein shake before you go to the gym and have it ready for consumption immediately after your workout…the liquid will be quickly absorbed and help to optimize the rebuilding/recovery process. If you want the best shakes out there, get Labrada’s LEANBODY line of Protein shakes, LEAN PRO 8 or ProV60!! 🙂
You should have your PWM ASAP after you are finished exercising…no longer than 1-1.5 hours. This should actually be a meal (not a shake). During your workout, you deplete your carbohydrate stores in your muscles because these carbs are used for energy. Therefore, your PWM should contain a high amount of carbohydrates in order to release a large amount of insulin and increase protein repair. This meal should also be extremely low in fat, as fat slows down the digestion process. My favorite PWM is egg whites and oatmeal, but there are so many options! Chicken breast, Very lean beef and Tuna fish are great sources of lean protein, while pasta, potatoes and rice are great options for your carbohydrate requirement! Mix and match whatever combinations that pleases your taste buds – just make sure you have lots of LEAN protein and Carbohydrates! 🙂
Now get to training…and eating right! 🙂
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