After a good exercise session, you’ll need to re-stock your body with protein — the building blocks of muscle. Even if you’re exercising to lose weight, muscle gain is also important, and if you don’t have enough protein reserves after a workout, your body won’t repair the muscles that have just been used. Plus, your body will store fat, instead of burn it — which no one wants!
The answer? Have a post workout meal at hand that’s got the right amount of carbs and protein to make the most of all the hard work you’ve just put in!
Easiest post workout meal: a protein smoothie
A smoothie with whey, or a combination of whey and casein (which are both proteins found in milk) packs a powerful protein punch. And don’t forget to add some carbs to replenish lost energy — here the carbs come from berries, which are also full of antioxidants to keep you healthy.
When to have your post workout meal
A post workout meal should be consumed within 60 minutes after finishing your workout. During this time, your body is able to use the carbohydrates and protein for fuel, as opposed to fat storage.
Some more post workout meal ideas
You’ll need meals that contain some carbs, with a fair amount of protein. For example:
- Stir-fried vegetables with a small chicken breast
- A small sweet potato topped with 1/2 a cup of fat-free cottage cheese
- Oats mixed with fat-free yoghurt
- Plain Greek yoghurt with berries
- Scrambled eggs on a slice of whole-wheat toast
These post workout meals are the perfect fuel for reaching your fitness and weight loss goals — especially if you’re downloading and trying Jenna’s 6-week ab workout program.