Want to get the most out of your workouts? What you eat and when you eat can have a big impact. To understand your nutritional needs after a workout session, it’s important to know what happens to the body after you exercise. Working out uses up your muscles’ glycogen stores for fuel and causes little tears, which is why you feel sore. Eating soon after you exercise can help the body recover faster. It’s particularly important to eat carbohydrates and protein after a workout. Doing this can help the body decrease the breakdown of muscle protein, increase muscle protein synthesis, restore glycogen stores, and enhance recovery.
Remember the ratio of 3:1 (carbs to protein) when deciding what to eat. This ideal combination of carbohydrates and protein can help boost your recovery after exercise.
Here are some of the carbohydrates and proteins for post-workout meals.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Chocolate Milk
- Rice Cake
- Chocolate Milk
- Greek yogurt
- Protein bar
- Animal or plant-based protein
Consuming the right types of proteins and carbohydrates, along with supplementing where needed, can help you take your workouts to the next level.
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