The importance of a Post Workout Snack

Hint: A protein shake isnt enough for your post workout nutrition!

As a nutrition coach and personal trainer sometimes we notice that clients can sometimes forget to are bring their post-workout shake to your session.

When we think of post workout snacks, the common thought is to only think of protein.

If you do high intensity training and want to recover faster from your workout whey protein is not the most important thing you need to consume post workout.

Two things happen when you work out that we need to be aware of.

  1. First carbohydrate stores are depleted
  2. Muscle is broken down.

Yes in the gym all you are doing is just tearing muscle apart.

I just want to reiterate its importance so really really important that you’re getting carbohydrates and protein after your session.

Those carbs are gonna replace your muscle glycogen stores.

It is important to consume carbs as part of a post workout snack because glycogen levels are low.

We want to restore them. The first fuel your body wants to break down to restore glycogen levels is carbohydrates.

If proper amount of carbohydrates are not present in your body then it will start to break down muscle to restore glycogen levels and not fat as often believed.

But we are not saying to miss out on protein for your post workout snack.

The protein you consume is gonna to replenish your amino acids and rebuild your muscles.

We prefer our clients use a whey protein isolate due to the quicker digesting characteristics.

And dont forget water as part of your post workout snack.

We recommend at least 20 oz of water. Skeletal muscle is made up of over 75% water. This become very depleted. Especially during anaerobic style training as done in a CrossFit gym. So you want to make sure you are replenishing them!