Best Post Workout Foods = Low Carb!

Best Post Workout Foods = Low Carb!Looking for the best post workout foods to maximize your efforts? What you eat after your workout can influence how exercise affects your health. Low carb is the way to go! Plus, you’ll want to vary the timing and type of carbs in your post-workout meal with the type of workout. Dr. Mercola explains.

 Best Post Workout Foods = Low Carb!

Your post-workout meal can influence the overall health effects exercise has on your body, so what to eat after your workout is an important consideration.

For example, previous research has shown that eating fewer carbohydrates after exercise can enhance your insulin sensitivity, compared to simply reducing calorie intakei. As I’ve explained on countless occasions, optimizing your insulin sensitivity is key for maintaining good health.

Generally speaking, after exercise your body is nitrogen-poor and your muscles have been broken down. Providing your body with the correct nutrients after your workout is therefore crucial to stop the catabolic process in your muscle and shift the recycling process toward repair and growth. If you fail to feed your muscle at the right time after exercise, the catabolic process will go too far and can potentially damage your muscle. Amino acids from high quality animal proteins, along with carbohydrates from vegetables (not grains) are essential for this process.

Good sources of animal protein include:

  • Whey protein (minimally processed, and derived from organic, grass-fed, non-hormonally treated cows)
  • Humanely raised, free-range chicken
  • Organic eggs from pastured hens
  • Grass-fed beef

Beneficial sources of carbohydrates include:

  • Virtually any vegetable (limiting carrots and beets, which are high in sugar)
  • Dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale or Swiss chard
  • Low fructose fruits like lemon, limes, passion fruit, apricots, plums, cantaloupe, and raspberries. Avoid high fructose fruits like apples, watermelons and pears

It’s important to combine a quality protein with a veggie-type carb in every meal, no matter whether it’s a resistance training day, an interval cardio day, or a non-workout day. However, after strength training (as opposed to cardio training), your body tends to need more rapidly absorbed nutrients and a higher glycemic (fast released, starchy) carbohydrate. Another slight difference between interval cardio and strength training days is the timing of your meal.

  • After cardio, you want to wait 45-60 minutes, and then consume a high-quality protein (whole food) and vegetable-type carbohydrate. (An example would be a spinach salad and some chicken, or high quality whey protein like Miracle Whey).
  • After a resistance workout (muscle-building day), the ideal time to consume your post-workout meal is 15-30 minutes after finishing your session, in order to help repair your damaged muscles.

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Louise Myers discovered the benefits of the no-grain diet years ago with Dr. Mercola's book of the same name. Over the years, the diet name has changed from Protein Metabolic Type to Atkins Diet, Low Carb Diet, and now Caveman or Paleo Diet - but the benefits have remained. She hopes to pique your interest so you'll try it too! Check out her main site for valuable tips on social media and graphics.

3 thoughts on “Best Post Workout Foods = Low Carb!

  1. Dear Lulu Nograiner,
    Speaking of which, Hi, I’m looking for good foods that can help in aiding me with losing weight (40-50lbs body fat) and gaining muscle (15-25lbs lean muscle mass). I want a good, healthy food that I can eat during pre or post workout that wont spoil it after wards. I also will be taking protein shakes, but I need the complex carbs for good energy. Thank You So Much!!

    As of now the only foods I know of like that are Greek Yogurt and Egg Whites (Bottled kind), and Tuna

    Just some examples

    The Greek Yogurt is like 20 Grams Protein @ like 100 Calories Per Serving

    The Egg Whites are like 6 Grams Protein @ like 30 Calories Per Serving

    The Tuna is like 13 Grams Protein @ like 60 Calories Per Serving

    Just some examples

    Thank You So Much!!

    • Hey Nik,
      It’s a good idea not to eat before a workout.

      I don’t eat complex carbs such as whole grains – can’t help you there. I eat whole eggs, which are much better for you than egg whites. Hard boiled eggs is something I take with me when traveling – also small cans of salmon and celery sticks with almond butter.

      Sounds like you might want to consult a personal trainer. Best of luck!

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