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What Should I Eat After A Workout? Protein!

What Should I Eat After A Workout? Protein!

Jamie Costello NASM Adv. CPT, NSCA CPT

A question that often gets asked is what type of food should be eaten after a workout? Exercisers should get some nourishment within 30 minutes of finishing their exercise, especially if it was weight training. The question is what type of nourishment is best??? The answer is protein! There is a solid reasoning behind this advice, let’s explore that in detail.

The Benefits of Eating Protein After a Heavy Workout

Protein is the building block of all the muscles in the body. Here are basic uses of protein in our body.

  1. It helps build muscles and bones in our body
  2. Protein is essential to repair torn muscles and body cells
  3. It’s is used an energy source in the absence of carbs
  4. The amino acids present in proteins are critical to the essential metabolism related processes in our body

After a strenuous workout, your body takes a beating and has several muscles to repair and regenerate. It’s also looking to build new muscle group to better prepare for the next workout. Nothing suits the bill better than a protein concentrate to aid the body in replenishing the muscle groups.

Healthy Carbs Before You Workout, Protein After

Be sure to eat foods comprised of healthy carbs before you start working out. This is so that the body has the energy, in the form of glucose, to support your training. Fruit, veggies, oatmeal, brown rice, and sweet potatoes are all great sources of high quality carbohydrates that can be eaten 30-60 minutes prior to your exercise.

But after the workout, it’s time for repair and rebuilding, and protein is what does this job. Be sure to eat protein rich foods, for a meal (breakfast or dinner), or a protein shake within 30 minutes of finishing your routine. Foods like oily fish, green leafy vegetables, lean meat cuts and egg whites are excellent whole foods to replenish the protein requirements in your body.

So there are big time benefits of eating protein after a workout if you want to repair and rebuild your muscles after a workout. Just be sure that you don’t overdo the protein supplements, and take them as per the recommended portions relative to your body weight. Ask your Fitness Together Trainer for specific recommendations.