Is Yogurt healthy post workout?

Author: Preeti DesaiPosted on 04-07-2014

Proper post workout nutrition a must. A post work out meal is important to speed up muscle healing process and 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.

Yes, Yogurt is healthy post your workout. Just opt for the no fat or low fat ones.


Yogurt contains both the necessary carbohydrates and proteins the body needs after a workout. 1 cup serving of low fat yogurt (250 grams) contains about 15 grams of carbohydrates and 13 grams of protein.

Yogurt is also a good source of essential nutrients such as calcium, B vitamins, zinc and potassium that help in muscle recovery and function. Choose low fat and low added sugar yogurt.

When should you eat yogurt post workout?


It is important to eat within a minimum of 2 hours immediately after the workout as the body seeks nutrients to begin repairing muscle damage. Studies state that eating a post workout meal within 2 hours enhances muscle synthesis rates and increases muscle mass.

A nutrient dense snack that contains both carbohydrates and proteins is critical for recovery post exercise.

Why is it important to eat complete protein foods after workout?


It is important to eat protein after your workout and you should try to consume any complete protein like soy, eggs, dairy products, lean meats.

People who consume a post workout recovery meal 30 to 60 minutes post exercise grow more muscle tissue and boost their workout performance especially if the meal contains both carbohydrates and complete proteins.

What if I eat only Protein foods post workout?


Whenever you exercise you burn muscle glycogen that needs to replenish immediately (30 – 60 minutes) after workout plus a dietary protein is required to build muscle mass or repair damaged muscle tissue.

Just eating protein foods won’t help in recovering after exercise you need to combine it with a carbohydrate food like vegetables, whole grain bread, pasta brown rice…

What kind of snacks or meals post workout?


Nutritious carbohydrate foods like whole grains, vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber and are digested slowly providing energy for a longer period of time and ideal pots workout.

Choose lean protein food post workout as they are critical for muscle repair and recovery after a workout. Good protein sources include low fat dairy products, lean meats, skinless poultry and fish.

Why should you not consume fatty foods after workout?


Post workout what the body needs are nutrients like carbohydrates and protein foods that help refill glycogen stores and aid with muscle repair.

Eating fatty foods slows down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and proteins, and mandatory to avoid so fat post workout.

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