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muscle twitches post workout meal

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 07, 2012 at 6:25 PM

i just fasted for 26-27 hours and had 2 worksouts this morning and last night, both workouts were high volume, 2 hour workouts which comprised of calistenics, swimming, and a couple miles of running, today i ate my post workout meal which was carb heavy, plus protein, and pretty much almost all the muscles i had previously worked started to twitch, i was wondering why this happened?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

What kinds of oatmeal? What else did you add to the oatmeal?

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on September 08, 2012
at 11:55 PM

@happy it was a much different "question" than the one you see before you now when i made my comment.

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on September 08, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Boozing & hardworkouts. Are you following Lyle Mcdonald meathead guide to boozing?

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on September 07, 2012
at 08:34 PM

the twiching was mostly in my backs and lats, where most of the tension ws during workouts

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on September 07, 2012
at 08:32 PM

they werent the instant oats crap

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

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on September 07, 2012
at 08:30 PM

rolled oats, i didnt add anything

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on September 07, 2012
at 08:28 PM

The oats might aid hydrating him now, but it sounds like the horse already left the barn, and he was already mineral depleted. I'm guessing that could make one bloaty but low on electrolytes.

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on September 07, 2012
at 08:16 PM

...I agree with Happy Now. Try some sugar post workout like fruit or coconut water. You will not have a potential low blood-sugar rebound with fruit.

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on September 07, 2012
at 08:14 PM

@ CD, if anything, would not the oats super hydrate him? CarboHYDRATES are inherently hydrating foods, and especially starch post workout, that'll bring water and aminos directly into the muscle cells.

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Yup, that would certainly be in the "unsafe" starch category, especially if they were quick or instant oats. I don't have a link to it off the top of my head, but I've seen spikes in blood glucose being linked to magnesium wasting because it gets diverted to help digest the sugar. So, if you were already low, and then had a bunch of nonfat milk (high sugar--lactose), with instant oatmeal (high sugar--low fiber, high processed starch), that could lead to a further sudden depletion. Get thee to some mineral water, coconut water, salted broth, or ReCharge stat Michael.

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:46 PM

also oatmeal is high in phytic acid, so the magnesium in oatmeal may not be highly bio-available. Also kind of wondering whether it was low quality oats which just break down into sugar super fast and he's getting a dehydration/ high blood sugar reaction.

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:38 PM

Did Michael run over your cat or something? What's with the 'tude peeps? This looks like a real question to me.

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:35 PM

a quart of fat free milk, and several cups of oatmeal

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:31 PM

What did you eat in terms of the "carb heavy" meal

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:26 PM

i edited it, hopefully it's more clear now

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:07 PM

Michael, you need to edit this to be a question or it will be closed.

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:05 PM

the question was why my muscles were twitching after my post workout meal, sorry if i worded it wrong

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:03 PM

and we should care because....

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:42 PM

You can lose your entire USRDA sodium allowance in just an hour of exercise, fasting also causes the body to retain less sodium and other electrolytes. Muscle twitching is associated with low magnesium. Likely between the fast and all the working out, if you weren't actively plugging loads of electrolytes back in, you pissed most of them away, and now have the twitchies to show for it.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 07, 2012
at 08:14 PM

@ CD, if anything, would not the oats super hydrate him? CarboHYDRATES are inherently hydrating foods, and especially starch post workout, that'll bring water and aminos directly into the muscle cells.

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

(504)

on September 07, 2012
at 08:34 PM

the twiching was mostly in my backs and lats, where most of the tension ws during workouts

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 07, 2012
at 07:46 PM

also oatmeal is high in phytic acid, so the magnesium in oatmeal may not be highly bio-available. Also kind of wondering whether it was low quality oats which just break down into sugar super fast and he's getting a dehydration/ high blood sugar reaction.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 07, 2012
at 08:16 PM

...I agree with Happy Now. Try some sugar post workout like fruit or coconut water. You will not have a potential low blood-sugar rebound with fruit.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on September 07, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Yup, that would certainly be in the "unsafe" starch category, especially if they were quick or instant oats. I don't have a link to it off the top of my head, but I've seen spikes in blood glucose being linked to magnesium wasting because it gets diverted to help digest the sugar. So, if you were already low, and then had a bunch of nonfat milk (high sugar--lactose), with instant oatmeal (high sugar--low fiber, high processed starch), that could lead to a further sudden depletion. Get thee to some mineral water, coconut water, salted broth, or ReCharge stat Michael.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on September 07, 2012
at 08:28 PM

The oats might aid hydrating him now, but it sounds like the horse already left the barn, and he was already mineral depleted. I'm guessing that could make one bloaty but low on electrolytes.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on September 07, 2012
at 08:10 PM

This happens to me too, particularly when I combine several nights of consecutive boozing with several hard workouts. It just means there is a slight electrolyte imbalance going on, but you are fine and should not worry over it. Just make sure you're eating foods with potassium and sodium consistently. Fruit and coconut water are good sources of potassium and green vegetables are good sources of minerals and sodium. You're fine though and it's a normal, albeit distracting, occurrence.

You could try something else post workout though. Milk and oatmeal aren't great options for immediately post workout. Try going with fruit first, perhaps with a cup of cottage cheese. Then just eat a real meal when you get the chance.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on September 08, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Boozing & hardworkouts. Are you following Lyle Mcdonald meathead guide to boozing?

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