Post workout nutrition has been an extremely well researched topic in the fitness industry.
The studies have shown that slamming a shake consisting of simple carbohydrates with whey protein will assist in muscle building, recovery and in body transformation in general.
In fact, these studies have been so convincing that you’ll be hard pressed to find a fitness expert who doesn’t vehemently insist that all trainees drink this type of post workout shake immediately after every workout.
Let’s step away from the trend for a second and investigate whether or not this is the best protocol for everyone to follow.
I agree that post workout nutrition is important for the purposes mentioned above. If your goal is primarily to build muscle and gain weight, these shakes are a great way to easily and quickly consume an abundant amount of calories at a time when your body is least likely to store those calories as body fat.
You see, following an intense workout, your muscles are depleted and are thirsty for replenishment. Therefore most of the calories ingested at this time will be soaked up by the muscles, making less calories available to be stored as fat.
But what if your primary goal is to lose body fat? Do you really think that chugging a sugary shake every time you train will assist you in the fat loss process?
How can a high-sugar shake really help to enhance your fat burning efforts? The truth is that it doesn’t. In fact, I believe that this practice is counter productive for trainees with a rapid fat loss goal.
I’ve read all of the research and unfortunately, the research has not been performed on subjects whose primary goal is fat loss. Initially, I experimented with these post workout shakes on myself and my fat loss clients.
Their results slowed significantly when clients used these shakes. I’ve got mounds of real world results to prove my assertion that in order to maximize fat burning; you need to ditch those high-carb, sugary post workout shakes!
So you’re probably asking, “What should my post workout meal consist of?” The answer is simple. Just eat a solid meal!
This meal will be structured just like any of your 5-6 daily meals. Be sure to consume this meal within one hour following your workout.
Remember, you will lose fat faster with natural, solid food. So if losing body fat is your primary goal, save your money on those expensive commercial post workout shakes.
Train hard, eat a good meal and say ciao to your unwanted body fat!
If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll happy to answer them. I look forward to hearing from you!