Post Workout: You’re sweating buckets after that gym session! It’s now time to feed the beast!
What you eat before and after your workout often shapes the way you gain muscle and lose weight in the gym. Why is it necessary to eat the right foods, post workout? Well, when you are working your butt off in the gym, you are losing electrolytes through all that sweat as well as your body’s store of glycogen. Your body broke down that glycogen to provide you energy so that you could run that 40 minutes on the treadmill. And if you are ripping it up with the muscles, those muscle tissues face some damage too. So your post workout meal has to replenish all that you lost during the workout and also begin to heal your body.
Some of the important food groups you should be consuming after your workout are carbohydrates and protein. Your workout basically determines the kind of food you should be eating. Also, don’t forget to replenish your body’s water. You don’t want to get dehydrated. Here are some ideas for easy home cooked meals you could try after that gym session:
1.CHICKEN AND RICE
It’s recommended that you eat 0.25% of your desired body weight in protein and 0.25-0.5% of your body weight in carbs. You must, of course, consume brown rice preferably. And the chicken should be grilled. The key is to have a nutritious meal, low in fat and high in carbs and protein.
Eggs in any form really, qualify as an excellent post-workout meal. It’s rich in protein, so you could have boiled eggs, or scrambled eggs or an omelette. It depends on your skills as a cook. Add any vegetables that you deem appropriate. You could eat eggs and avocado or eggs and whole grain toast. The possibilities are endless. These options also come under the Military diet plan. If you’re a fan of potato, add a bit of sweet potato as well.
3. COTTAGE CHEESE
If you’re a vegetarian and don’t fancy some chicken or if you want to take a break from chicken and eggs, cottage cheese is an excellent choice for a post-workout meal. Cottage cheese is lower in fat and cholesterol than the other cheeses. It’s also an excellent source of protein. It contains calcium as well. It’s basically a really good option, especially if you combine it with fruits. Apple, pineapple, peaches are some of the fruits you could put into the mix and you have an easy healthy snack right off the bat.
4. PEANUT BUTTER
If you don’t feel like cooking at all, then you might as well put some peanut butter on some whole grain toast and be done with it. You have your fibre, carbs, and protein the simplest meal you could possibly make. Additionally, it’s delicious too. So if you’re lazy but ravenous after a workout, try this option for a healthy meal.
A smoothie is a great way to replenish the energy and electrolytes our body lost during your workout. All you have to do is add some of the fruits in your kitchen to soy milk and some ice and if you want, a bit of nut butter. Just whack it in your blender and you have an excellent nutritious shake.
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