Whether you want to lose fat or build muscle, you'll achieve the best results by making sure your muscle are well fed. That means consuming a healthy dose of protein around your workout. This provides your body with the raw materials to repair your muscles and enhancing your results.
What's more, after your workout is also the best time of the day to consume carbs. Why? Well, imagine that the carbs you eat go into a bucket. When the bucket is full, the overflow and are converted to fat. This is what happens in your body, with the bucket representing your muscle. But when the you exercise, you burn carbs, removing them from your bucket. As a result, you have more room in which to store the carbs you eat after your workout. That makes postworkout carbs less likely to end up up stored as belly fat. Just as important, these carbs help speed the repair of your muscles.
So here's the DEAL: You can strategically eat most of your daily starch and sugar immediately before or after your workout or you can stick with protein-only pre- and postworkout snacks to keep your carb bucket close to empty and your body burning fat at full blast.
Simply choose the the option you like best.
Protein-Only Workout Snacks
A convenient taste, good shake. Protein shake (mixed with water) provides at least 20 grams of protein. (More is fine.)
Consume at least 20 grams of high-quality protein in the form of solid food.
- A small can (3.5 ounces) of tuna
- 3 to 4 ounces of any lean meat the size of a deck of cards
- 3 Eggs - an omelet, for instance
Take advantage of your half-empty carb bucket and enjoy a couple of servings of carbs without worrying about the impact on your waistline. Consume at least 20 grams of high-quality protein and no more than 40 grams of carbohydrates. ( Think 1 slice of pizza!)
When choosing a powder protein product I sell and recommend Total Vegan. This is why:
It's a revolutionary plant protein blend featuring 5 well-tolerated, vegan protein sources – yellow pea, rice, hemp, chia and cranberry – to provide a well-balanced amino acid profile in a high protein formula. In addition to the well-rounded protein profile, Total Vegan® features many unique ingredients to support the immune system, the digestive system, body composition, bone health and detoxification.* Pea and rice protein provide a branch chain amino acid profile that is comparable to whey protein, providing high amounts of cysteine, lysine and methionine. This formula contains three additional protein sources, each with unique properties: organic hemp protein, featuring edestin that can stimulate antibody production; chia protein, which is desired by athletes for its endurance boosting properties and promotes hydration and a sense of fullness; and cranberry fruit protein, which has urinary tract and antioxidant benefits.* L-glutamine and l-taurine are added to Total Vegan® to support an increase in lean muscle mass.* Total Vegan® contains Aminogen®, a patented plant-derived enzyme blend, which helps the body break down and absorb more amino acids from protein.* It is clinically proven to release 100% more plasma amino acids, 250% more branched-chain amino acids and boost nitrogen retention by 32%.*
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