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WHAT TO EAT AFTER YOUR WORKOUT

WHAT TO EAT AFTER YOUR WORKOUT

WHAT TO EAT AFTER YOUR WORKOUT

Recently on the Neyland Report, we reported on the best foods to eat to prepare you for your workout. But what about once you have completed your workout?  Researchers report that what you eat after your workout is just as important.

Glycogen is a substance in your body that stores energy through carbohydrates. Strenuous exercise can decrease the level of glycogen in your body tissues. Therefore, it is advisable to replenish the glycogen through suggested foods. Exercise can also use up much-needed protein in your body, so your food intake following a workout must address this, as well.

The sooner you add to your glycogen and protein levels after a workout, the faster you will enhance your recovery. Studies show that to gain optimum benefits from your post-workout meal, consume the foods within 45 minutes. The good news is that the combination of the right foods with your exercise routine significantly helps to build muscle. The proteins help with muscle mass, and the carbohydrates restore glycogen levels.

The scientific information is helpful, but you need to know the best foods to consume after exercising. Here are some sample suggestions:

Carbohydrates:

  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit
  • Rice Cakes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Whole grain bread
  • Whole grain cereals

Proteins:

  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Turkey
  • Salmon
  • Peanut Butter
  • Protein Bar

Also, you may be surprised to know that some fats are good for you after a workout, too. Consider avocados, whole milk, nuts and some flax seeds with your whole grain cereal.

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