We know it’s good to eat within 30 mins after a workout, but by the time you come home from the gym and get showered, it’s often 1.5 hours later. Does this affect your weight loss, and is it worth sacrificing your hygiene for?
Our bodies are extraordinarily resourceful, and the research relating to the degree of effectiveness of the immediate post-workout snack changes and is somewhat inconclusive.
Having said that, when exercise completely exhausts stores, nutrient replenishment and muscle repair will increasingly be resourced by the body cannibalising itself the longer it’s left. Over a longer period of time, this can affect performance, body composition and metabolism.
The importance of the post-workout snack depends on several factors: the timing and size of the meal before the workout; the type, length and frequency of exercise; and when you eat afterwards.
A modest lunch at 1pm, followed by a 6pm 60-90 minute high-intensity workout, followed by a dinner at 9pm, is requires a post-workout snack.
The old favourite of a protein shake is am ideal solution: Practical to carry a powder serving in your bag during the day, and being low calorie and high protein, it’s very likely to allow your body to recover faster after exercise without sabotaging your goals.