Imagine the scenario,
You workout at 7am or at least before work. Ideally you should do this on an empty stomach with nothing more than a pre – training black coffee if you need a kick up the bum. I know I do. Click here for more on coffee.
You do your workout and then what?
Well, if you want to burn body fat, get lean tone up, add muscle or just increase your overall fitness, a protein shake of some sort is a massive help, and in my eyes absolutely crucial. Instantly, this will start the fat burning process, help with repair and recovery and help avoid DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness.)
This is also a perfect opportunity to eat carbs IF you really need them. Many of you will note that I eat a bagel with my protein shake, as after a workout you have a window of about an hour that allows you to consume carbs WITHOUT storing body fat.
Ideally these carbs should be high GI which means they will send your blood sugar high. This is what you want after a workout, and only after a workout.
Here is a list of the best options. Pick which one works for you:
Protein shake with carbs. Best results.
Protein shake, no carbs. Good results, but not as good.
No shake, just breakfast on the way to or at work. Will limit the results you get.
Skip food altogether and eat mid morning. Shooting yourself in the foot, any gains from the workout have now left the building!
So there you have a few ideas of what to consume straight after a morning workout, or any workout to be honest. I’m sure most of you are already doing at least no. 1 or 2…If not, maybe look at trying a protein shake after a workout. I can honestly say it’s the best thing to have and I ALWAYS have one.
That’s all from me today, have a great week ahead.