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Don't Skip Your Post-Workout Meal

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:34pm

Your post-workout meal is critical to your success, especially if you are doing weight training. You have about a 60-90 minute window after your weight workout to feed your muscles and maximize the recovery of your body's tissues. If you can't prepare a meal, a meal replacement drink works great. So, what nutrients should the post-workout meal contain?

1. A lean complete protein , such as chicken, fish or whey protein

2. Minimal fat (preferably unsaturated)

3. A complex carbohydrate (your body's preferred source for fuel), such as fruit, oatmeal, rice cakes, potatoes, etc. - preferably one that is "natural," not processed.

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