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Post-workout nutrition is one of the key factors that keep your metabolism rate balanced.
When we exercise at a moderate to high-intensity pace, along with burning fat, we also deplete energy in the form of glycogen that was stored in our muscle and liver cells. Our brain relies on this glycogen for fuel. When we dont replenish this energy storage after our workout, our body goes into a catabolic state.

This means, itll breakdown our muscle tissue into amino acids, and then convert these into a usable energy source for the brain. Skipping the post-workout meal can result in a loss of muscle that in turn can actually slow your metabolism! One should eat after training, and preferably within 45 minutes (maybe up to-60) after a workout. This period, known as the golden hour, is when the muscles absorb the most nutrients and when glycogen, an energy reserve in our muscles, is replaced most efficiently.

If you just completed a cardio session, the most important macronutrient to consume is some type of fibrous carbohydrate. A perfect post-cardio food would be a fruit salad, yogurt, brown rice, oatmeal, beans, pasta salad, toast and all natural peanut butter or a 100 per cent fruit jam. It is ideal to consume 30 to 45 grams of carbohydrates after a moderate to high-intensity cardio session.

If you have just completed a resistance or weight training session, you should consume a combination of carbohydrates and proteins. The optimal post weight training (i.e. resistance training) meal is a potato salad, chicken or fish, a protein shake with a banana and non-fat or soy milk, oatmeal with a scoop of protein powder, cottage cheese and fruit, egg whites and toast, or some kind of lean quality protein between two slices of whole grain bread.
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Posted on : 15/11/2005
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