Why should I eat after exercise?

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You should eat after exercise because lack of proper nutrition may cause extensive muscle tearing and breakdown. A demanding strength-based workout creates microscopic tears in the muscle fibers. These micro-tears are part of the tissue remodeling process necessary for muscles to expand and grow. What you eat after exercise may be your most important meal of the day, whether you are training for a race or trying to lose, gain or maintain muscle mass.

Moreover, during training the primary type of energy used is glycogen (a form of carbohydrate), which is stored in lean mass. Depending on the type, duration and intensity of your workout, your muscle glycogen stores may become depleted. Protein synthesis through the consumption of high-quality proteins is important to prevent muscle breakdown and enhance recovery and growth. Optimizing glycogen synthesis through the consumption of carbohydrates is equally as important in order to recover muscle stores and increase energy to sustain you for the rest of the day.

There is a small window of opportunity following a workout when muscles are depleted and hungry and the absorption of nutrients is enhanced. Eating a protein- and carbohydrate-rich meal within 45 minutes after your workout is your best bet for optimizing your workouts.

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