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What to eat after workouts?

Updated on February 13, 2013

If you’re working out to lose weight or for general health reasons, I bet you have wondered if it’s OK to eat after workouts.

Well, this was my concern too when I started working out to lose weight. I didn’t want to waste all my burnt calories by eating bread, biscuits or any kind of food. And so should you! If you are to eat after workouts, make sure it’s the right foods you’re taking in.

With that, here are some of my personal guides on what to eat after workouts.

Grab some cookies or biscuits after working out. It'll be quickly absorbed by the body during this time.
Grab some cookies or biscuits after working out. It'll be quickly absorbed by the body during this time.

Eat after workouts? YES.

Should I eat after workouts? The answer here is a clear YES.

Your body has used up a lot of energy and you need to replenish it as soon as you can. That’s one reason why you should hydrate before, during and AFTER workouts.

What should I eat after workouts? It’s advisable to drink liquid proteins. Eating solid foods (e.g. eggs, chicken, pork dish) is good too. It’s just that liquid is easily digested by the body compared to solid foods. You need to fuel your body with foods that will be transformed fast into energy and nutrients.

It’s OK to eat carbo-foods after workout, too. We need to reload on glycogen from carbs after workouts. This is actually the best time to eat simple carbohydrates; even carbs with high glycemic index. The sugar and energy from simple carbohydrates will immediately be used by the body for its quick recovery. If there’s a time to eat cookies and biscuits, it’s after workout.

Before you eat after workouts, I suggest gulping on water too. Drink a lot of it. You need to restore the electrolytes lost while working out. In this case, water is the best drink.

What's the best time to eat after workouts? You can eat 15 minutes up to an hour after workouts. Your body needs easy to digest foods during this time.

Should I take energy drinks after workout? If you’re not training for a marathon or underwent a high-intensity workout, I suggest you keep it clean with water.

Energy drinks contain sugar and calories that your body doesn’t need, especially if you’re just doing a 5k or 10k run. While it is taxing to do this lengthy run; your weight loss goals will benefit the most if you just stick with water.

If you’re in a weight loss program, remember not to get over-board on this. Eat after workouts; but eat in moderation.

Avoid mindless eating. Avoid junkfoods and soda drinks. If you'd go for snack foods, fried bananas are good to eat after workouts.

Lastly, when working out, make sure you really workout. Don’t make it an excuse to simply load up on foods.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Good for you GDR!

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      GDRshop 5 years ago

      Only thing I eat after workout are protein foods with some carbs

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      That's a good habit! I just had my pb-n-j just now. I run 7.5k yday. I'm thinking of running 5k today....

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks my friend! I, on the other hand, my trying to maintain my weight. I easily gain weight you see. I stay active to keep the weight off and still be able to eat, eat, eat!! :))

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      A very good hub. Voted up useful! I agree that we should eat some carbo after a workout, but I usually try not to eat any carbs at 3pm.

      After a workout, you do burn a lot of calories so I usually carry a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat bread toasted. I also carry a zip-lock bag with 12 almonds and gulp down 2-3 liters of water. Then, I eat dinner when I get home.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Good to know that I can eat cookies after I finish running lol. Another very informative article you have written here friend. I need to take some of the advice here since I often just eat whatever after I finish working out. Then again I'm not really trying to lose weight, just trying to stay active. Voted up, and shared on both Twitter and Facebook. Great job!