Monday, February 7, 2011

Nutrient timing and fat loss

If you looked at what's going on inside your body in the middle of a workout, its absolutely awful.  You're essentially beating your body up, taxing your nervous system, and tearing apart muscle fiber...

Well why is it so good for you?
Because over the next day or two, assuming adequate recovery (sleep, foam rolling, nutrition, etc), you're muscles start to increase ins size or density, become stronger, you've improved how your body responds to insulin, increase your metabolism, etc.

My point here is, if you're strictly beating yourself up in the gym and not working on improving your nutrition and recovery techniques, there's a good possibility you're holding yourself back from achieving the results you want.

From a nutrition standpoint you've probably heard it before... Get a protein shake in within 30-60 minutes of your workout.

It's worth the reminder... (Continue reading females!)

Why a shake?
You can certainly use whole food, but here's a few reasons why a shake would be a better choice:
  • Portable: there's no excuse you can carry a shaker with you with powder and fill it with water.
  • Speed: Whole food takes awhile to break down in your stomach, whey protein is quickly broken down and absorbed into the blood stream. Sugar, hits the blood stream extremely quick, and releases insulin which shuttles the nutrients to your sponge like muscles post workout.
  • Cheap: The cost of a scoop or two of a post workout shake is much cheaper than purchasing a healthy meal. Save the healthy meals for an hour or two after your workout.
  • Time: It takes moments to put a scoop into a shaker.  It can take hours to prepare and store food. 
Now I mentioned "sugar" above... I know what you're thinking...

Don't carbs make you fat?
Not necessarily... if you take them immediately after exercise they are highly utilized by the body, drastically improve your recovery time, and help to reduce soreness.  

Most people know by now that the way to recover is to take protein before and after training. Research into nutrient timing has shown that you recover up to two times faster as a result. But new research shows that if you are NOT getting a 2-to-1 carbohydrate-to-protein ratio after your workout … you are NOT getting the full weight loss benefits! Read more about carbs here... 

If you're looking for a great post workout (Gluten Free) shake, do yourself a favor and check out Pro/Grade Workout.

You still have a little time to save 10% on the ENTIRE store. Just be sure use coupon code "super10" at checkout.


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