Everything you need to know about post-workout nutrition
Any fitness workout needs to be combined with a good amount of other physical exercise and a sensible and balanced diet to get the most out of it and to achieve the best results.
Of course, when it comes to diet, it's not just about eating less or avoiding food that is obviously not good for you. Eating the right foods at the right time is also significantly important. Here is everything you need to get about getting your post-workout nutrition right.
How to recover and build strength after working out
Food you consume before training (pre-workout nutrition) needs to leave you feeling not just nourished but energised as well so that your body is in the perfect place to take on the workout you have in store for it. Post-workout nutrition is equally important as it needs to help you to recover and gain strength which will, in turn, lead to better performance.
The common mistakes that people make
A common mistake that many people make is to either to not eat enough or to eat at the wrong times, usually in the misguided belief that this will aid weight loss. In fact, the opposite is more likely and it will do nothing for your overall fitness either.
If you have eaten not long before a workout, post-workout nutrition is less important. Essentially, your body will use the nutrients in the food you've eaten to help your system repair and recover.
The post-workout 1 hour sweet spot
However, if you last ate several hours before a workout then it is best to take advantage with your post-workout nutrition. The optimum time to eat is one hour after you have finished working out. Eating a balanced meal at this time will protect and build muscle and replenish your body.
Thinking your body doesn't need this refuelling process or putting off your next meal because you want to lose weight only means that you are likely to overeat when you do finally get round to it. What’s more, you're simply missing a golden opportunity to revitalise and strengthen your body.