Diet plan post interval workout

Author: Preeti DesaiPosted on 04-07-2014

It is important to eat both Carbs and Protein post interval workout? Foods that contain both carbohydrates and protein if eaten within 2 hours of post workout help absorb maximum nutrition and helps restore Glycogen stores.

Try yogurt and cereal or oatmeal and skim milk or smoothie made out of berries and yogurt or homemade chocolate milk as opposed to processed milk so you can control the amount of sugar content in the meal.

You should eat protein foods post interval workout


When you do an intense interval training workout you breakdown of muscle tissue occurs and these need to be repaired before you can start your next interval workout.

Dietary protein and rest helps speed up muscular tissue repair plus helps build muscle mass. You may further breakdown muscle tissue if you don’t include dietary protein in your post work out snack or meal.

Why is it important to eat carbohydrates after an interval workout?


It is not enough to eat only protein foods after exercise if you want to build muscle mass or boost your workout performance.

To prevent muscles being broken down it is vital to eat some carbohydrates after exercise, especially an intense workout session. If you don't eat carbohydrates post exercise the body starts to break down lean muscle tissue and fat for all energy needs.

You should eat carbohydrates post interval workout


The body uses its Glycogen stores to fuel muscles functions and these stores get depleted post interval exercise. It is essential to restore Glycogen stores within 30 – 60 minutes post any workout to  fuel muscles for the next workout and to maintain normal brain function.

Choose complex carbs like whole grains, beans, lentils, vegetables and fruits.

Drinking water is vital post interval workout


It is vital to drink water before workout during it and after workout as it helps maintain energy levels as well as prevents muscle fatigue.

Quick digesting liquid carbohydrates like pure fruit or vegetable juice, a soup or smoothie or a juice can help replenish lost glycogen and if made out of fruits and vegetables it will help correct electrolyte imbalance if any as well as hydrate you.

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