Is Tuna healthy post workout?

Author: Preeti DesaiPosted on 04-07-2014

It is important to eat healthy post your workout. The right meal or snack with right nutrients after exercise helps speed muscle repair and restore glycogen stores also how well you perform in the your next workout routine.

Meals post workout should include both carbohydrates and proteins to keep your muscles healthier and muscle glycogen re-synthesizes at a faster rate up to an hour post exercise.

Why it is mandatory to eat post workout?


In absence of a healthy post workout meal plus depleted blood glucose and glycogen environment the body releases hormone cortisol that in turn triggers the use of muscle protein for energy needs thus leading to decreased muscle mass.

Eat a meal of carbohydrates and proteins within 30 – 60 minutes post workout to restore your glycogen stores and to avoid of muscle loss.

Yes, Tuna is healthy post workout.


Tuna is an excellent protein food that is essential for the body to repair and build muscle after working out.

A whole grain bread and tuna sandwich, or wholesome tuna salad  would make a healthy meal 30 – 60 minutes post workout. It is crucial to combine tuna with a carbohydrate source as during a workout, your muscles become depleted of glycogen and you also need to replenish these stores.

Can I eat only Protein post workout?


Dietary protein is required post workout to build muscle mass or repair damaged muscle tissue; Plus you burn a key fuel source that is muscle glycogen which needs to be replenish immediately (30 – 60 minutes) after workout.

Combine protein rich foods with carbohydrates like vegetables, whole grain bread, brown rice to restore muscle glycogen stores.

Snacks or meals post workout


Carbohydrates like whole grains, vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber and are digested slowly providing energy for a longer period of time and ideal to refuel post workout.

Protein foods are essential post workout for muscle mass buildup and repair and recovery. Good protein sources include fat free soy products, low fat dairy products, lean meats, skinless poultry and fish.

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