If you’re heavy into your workout program that’s designed to help you build muscle and gain weight, chances are you’ve looked into the nutritional factors that will come into play with this goal.
Unfortunately though, many people are still struggling to get their post-workout meals right, which can in fact cost them success when trying to build muscle.
The post-workout meal is going to be so critical because essentially it’s at this time that the body is ‘primed’ to be building muscle and is least likely to gain fat. Therefore, you want to optimize this opportunity to build the new mass, without seeing a corresponding fat gain.
Furthermore, your anabolic hormones are also optimized at this point, which will really serve to enhance your weight gain.
This said, here are some top post-workout carb sources you should be considering for right after you finish your workout.
While many people think you need to stay away from sugary cereal, right after a workout it can actually be a fantastic source of fast acting carbs that will replace your muscle glycogen. In addition to this – it’s fun!
Any time you can increase the desire to eat when trying to build muscle, it’s a very good thing.
Next up is a common food you eat during holiday dinners, but often gets overlooked for post-workout
meals. Perogies are actually a fantastic source of carbohydrates and don’t contain all that much fat themselves.
This makes them an optimal choice – plus they’re fairly easy to transport to have on the way home from the gym.
For all you sushi lovers out there, this is also a good food to eat after your workout. Again, that sticky rice is going to be a fast-acting source of carbs, which is essentially the primary thing you want at this point.
While some varieties of sushi will have some protein, this is definitely not a bad thing as you need a good amount of protein in the post-workout meal as well (in fact, you likely will want to add an additional source of protein to be really sure you meet your needs).
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Finally, the last uncommon post-workout food that people overlook that does work well is ice cream sandwiches. Believe or not, these can definitely help with your muscle building abilities as they are also relatively low in fat but high in glucose – which refills that muscle glucose quickly.
Further, these are nice since they’re cold, which is typically what someone who’s just finished a hard workout will want.
So, next time you’re stuck for ideas for post-workout meals, be sure you keep these in mind.