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Thoughts on eating after workout routine and what to eat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 08, 2011 at 2:50 PM

I've heard from several sources that it is important to eat right after, or relatively soon after a weight training routine or cardio such as swimming. I am skeptical to believe these sources as they have provided much mis-info as well. Any thoughts on the importance of this and what to eat post workout? Thanks.

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on February 09, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Yup, about 2 hours post workout is my feast time too. If you think about it in caveman-terms, I figure that would be about how long it would take to butcher the animal, cook it and gather some roots, shoots and berries to eat along side of it. If you needed to eat immediately after expending energy, you'd be screwed. Or gnawing raw bits of flesh off of a hastily severed bone. Yum.

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on February 08, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Just bought a case of cans of pure coconut water, AMAZING after a hard workout!

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on February 08, 2011
at 05:12 PM

Completely agree here. After hard workout the last thing I want to do is eat; but 90 minutes - 2 hours later I'm *ready.* In fact if I try to eat just after the workout it is generally unpleasant. The whole 'eat immediately or your muscles will shrivel up' seems like a scheme concocted by the protein powder industry.

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on February 08, 2011
at 04:33 PM

Jason, great answer. Really, if you a not a bodybuilder, don't worry about it. Eat when your body tells you to. If you are trying to loose weight, the longer you can go without eating, the better. Your body is searching for calories to repair, if there is food in the system, it will use that, if not, burn fat burn....

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on February 08, 2011
at 04:14 PM

I managed to put on 25lbs of muscle without the 20 seconds after finishing forcing food in my gullet.

I look at it this way... immediately following super heavy workout, I dont want food. must be some reason my body says, no, not yet. Yet 2 hours after, Im RAVENOUS. so thats my feast time.

Im of the school of thought that as long as adequate calories are consumed, and you prime those muscles to receive nutrients, its going to go to them.

my N=1 has reinforced that opinion greatly.

Cb2415c2aef964ab499a09dc92ae7e01

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on February 08, 2011
at 05:12 PM

Completely agree here. After hard workout the last thing I want to do is eat; but 90 minutes - 2 hours later I'm *ready.* In fact if I try to eat just after the workout it is generally unpleasant. The whole 'eat immediately or your muscles will shrivel up' seems like a scheme concocted by the protein powder industry.

D5ef6397b5e2fd6fe5f093da5e3d403b

(742)

on February 09, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Yup, about 2 hours post workout is my feast time too. If you think about it in caveman-terms, I figure that would be about how long it would take to butcher the animal, cook it and gather some roots, shoots and berries to eat along side of it. If you needed to eat immediately after expending energy, you'd be screwed. Or gnawing raw bits of flesh off of a hastily severed bone. Yum.

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on February 08, 2011
at 05:29 PM

Did those sources tell you WHY you must eat? The reality is that your body can only recover 5% glucogen to the muscles PER HOUR. Stuffing your face won't make the process go faster. IMO, unless you are an elite, competitive athlete dependent upon your athleticism to make a living, precision here about eating right a workout after isn't necessary. If you have given your body a beating or have had an extended workout period (say in excess of 2 hours or a met-con that leaves you prone for an hour), then food might actually give you energy.

Hydration, however, might be necessary post workout. If you have perspired a lot, your electrolyte balance may be off and you may feel "woozy" if you don't hydrate well. What to drink? Coconut water has a great balance of said electrolytes. If you don't like it, look for something that provides the proper nutrients.

So, eat if you're hungry, drink a bit to replenish your hydration balance.

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

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on February 08, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Just bought a case of cans of pure coconut water, AMAZING after a hard workout!

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on February 08, 2011
at 02:59 PM

I have had largely the same results from both eating immediately PWO and also fasting afterwards. I work out early in the morning and am currently only eating one meal a day, dinner, so I enter my workout fasted and then continue to fast for around ten hours afterwards. I feel great, I am continuing to gain muscle and my dinners always feel very well-earned!

If you are not a bodybuilder then I do not think it matters so much. If you are hungry, eat, if not then wait until you feel like eating.

7252d24b0b0a359774025c4f39bd395b

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on February 08, 2011
at 04:33 PM

Jason, great answer. Really, if you a not a bodybuilder, don't worry about it. Eat when your body tells you to. If you are trying to loose weight, the longer you can go without eating, the better. Your body is searching for calories to repair, if there is food in the system, it will use that, if not, burn fat burn....

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