You can’t out exercise a bad diet.
Seriously, I wish you could!—but all the working out in the world isn’t going to make a difference if you don’t clean up your diet.
Since we already talked about what you should eat before a workout to maximize fat loss, I thought we’d chat about what to eat after a workout to maximize muscle mass.
Today we’re talking about what you MUST eat right after a workout to maximize muscle mass.
Mariah here from mariahdolan.com, your busy mom headquarters to help you love the skin you’re in, and if you have no idea what you should be eating after a workout, have no fear…I’m going to break it allllllllll down for you.
After your workout you want to replenish your body’s glycogen stores as quickly as possible.
The best way to do that is by having a recovery drink. Since drinks are already broken down, the nutrients from them get to your muscles faster than eating whole foods.
It’s important to drink your recovery drink within minutes of finishing your workout, no longer than ten minutes. Don’t even shower before you get your drink in otherwise your body will start breaking down your hard earned muscle and you’ll lose muscle mass.
That’s the LAST thing you want to do after sweating it out.
So, here’s what you look for in a recovery drink.
If your workout lasts one hour or less you want to have on average a 2:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein.
If your workout lasts greater than one hour, you want on average a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein.
Don’t get too wrapped up in the percentages. Just know you want to have more carbohydrates than protein, and more carbs the longer you workout.
Many protein powders are just that. Protein only. So if you already have a protein powder that you love, but is purely protein, add berries, green apple, spinach, chlorella, maca root, etc. in order to get some carbs in after your workout.
Now I want to hear from you.
What’s YOUR favorite post workout meal. Let me know in the comments below.
Cheers to your health,