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Eat protein not fat after a workout??? anybody else think this is BS?

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Created April 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Of course protein is necessary but I'm starting to think the whole thing about not eating fat and getting protein in your body as soon as possible is BS...

My opinion based on personal experience: fat might be beneficial to a post workout meal...I've been eating things like olive oil, virgin coconut oil, avacados, and almonds after my workouts with my protein. I also no longer stress getting food in my body within 10 minutes of working out. Sometimes I'm not done cooking for up to an hour after my last rep.

Maybe the fat/protein surge provides a steady flow of energy to help repair muscles vs. a carb/protein mixture which is more temporary?...I mean when cave men hunted down mammoths the first thing they probably went for is the fat?

The only side effects I've had so far are bigger muscles and an 8 pack.

any thoughts?

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on April 15, 2012
at 02:45 PM

No way you have steak and eggs every morning for breakfast? Jealous.

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on April 14, 2012
at 12:20 PM

Totally agree. Also, different things work for different people - my routine isn't more everyone.. Well, unless I have a secret twin that I don't know about and then its a maybe. I always have a banana and milky coffee post, eat/drink on my walk home, and that's just about equally 8g fat 8g protein. I feel great and it sets me up nicely for my sweet potato/kale/eggs/steak/berries breakkie. I shed weight too easily so those two post-replenishers keep me going.

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on April 14, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Wow, great call FY. Never really though of shellfish. On that point though, I would think that peoples whose main source of protein was from shellfish would be quite small. I still think my point is valid. **Nearly** all natural protein sources come with their own source of fat. Think salmon, chicken, beef, etc. I am pretty sure fat helps in the process of protein synthesis.

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we obviously evolved to only absorb protein and carbs after heavy exertion. What else makes sense! That we may actually eat the kill fat and all? Ridiculous! Silly barbarians with their conservation of useful items and all.

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Protein sources not accompanied by fat (or substantial quantities)- most shellfish.

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6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on April 13, 2012
at 11:41 PM

Depends who you read. Birkhan states that the protein synthesis process takes a long time, i.e around 16 hours, therefore you dont need to eat protein straight after a workout. If you read body building literature then there is a window of aprox 45 minutes where protein is essential.

On the matter of what to eat, I have read that for proper protein synthesis fat is essential. Can you list one natural protein source that isnt accompanied with fat?

Carbs are also good to replenish glycogen, so I dont think mixing post workout macros is a problem.

Can you point us in the direction of the "don't eat fat post work-out" literature.

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on April 14, 2012
at 12:57 AM

Protein sources not accompanied by fat (or substantial quantities)- most shellfish.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on April 14, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Wow, great call FY. Never really though of shellfish. On that point though, I would think that peoples whose main source of protein was from shellfish would be quite small. I still think my point is valid. **Nearly** all natural protein sources come with their own source of fat. Think salmon, chicken, beef, etc. I am pretty sure fat helps in the process of protein synthesis.

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on April 14, 2012
at 11:50 AM

it depends on your goals... i think it's pretty pointless to bring up the fact that early humans wouldn't have passed on the fat after a hunt and kill, that's pretty obvious they didn't have goals of reaching a certain bf % or making their muscles bigger, they just cared about getting food in their belly. we've learned alot since then about exercise and nutrition and we are in a secure enough place on the food chain where we can find the most optimal post workout response on an individual basis. that said, unless your an upper tier athlete or competing bodybuilder im not so convinced it makes that much of a difference whether you do one or the other... i've done both for extended periods of time and in my experience i stayed a little bit leaner when i ate fats & proteins and i had a little bit bigger muscles when i eat carbs & proteins. the difference is pretty negligible and i try to mix it up (one week fats & proteins the next carbs & proteins). like pretty much everything in the health and fitness world it's very subjective.

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on April 14, 2012
at 02:49 AM

Post-workout nutrition advice varies because workouts vary.

If you've been lifting heavy, focus on protein and fat, because your muscles are primed for protein synthesis, and fat helps the body process proteins. If you've been running/biking/rowing for two hours, go for carbs to replenish glycogen stores (unless you're keto-trained) to shorten recovery time.

The grand total of your food intake is infinitely more important than what you consume immediately post-workout; your body is constantly building and recovering, and it needs a reliable supply of nutrients to keep doing that.

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on April 14, 2012
at 12:03 AM

The post workout Carb/Fat/Protein debates are endless, or just seem that way at times.

I used Whey after every workout for a month and then did a month where I didn't do anything after working out for several hours and ate dinner normally. The difference? I lost more fat the month I did nothing. Strength gains were 1-2% different overall. (Meaning on each lift I added about the same weight to the bar)

Now it's possible at higher levels you need it because you are pushing your body past it's natural inclinations and you need to spike insulin or something to help with that. For people are thinking along the lines of wanting to being healthy and in shape I just don't think it makes much difference.

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on April 13, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Your title question is misleading= you make it seem as though it is an either or thing. As long as you are getting protein when you're done lifting, you're good. You can accompany it with fat or carbs if you'd like, but protein is key post workout- you can combine it with whatever you like. Personally, i love something sweet post workout, so either have fruit or coconut water either with protein or protein shortly after.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on April 14, 2012
at 12:20 PM

Totally agree. Also, different things work for different people - my routine isn't more everyone.. Well, unless I have a secret twin that I don't know about and then its a maybe. I always have a banana and milky coffee post, eat/drink on my walk home, and that's just about equally 8g fat 8g protein. I feel great and it sets me up nicely for my sweet potato/kale/eggs/steak/berries breakkie. I shed weight too easily so those two post-replenishers keep me going.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 15, 2012
at 02:45 PM

No way you have steak and eggs every morning for breakfast? Jealous.

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on April 14, 2012
at 01:32 AM

Total BS,,,,,,Blah

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on April 14, 2012
at 01:35 AM

we obviously evolved to only absorb protein and carbs after heavy exertion. What else makes sense! That we may actually eat the kill fat and all? Ridiculous! Silly barbarians with their conservation of useful items and all.

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