When to eat after a workout

There is this really friendly but talkative girl in the gym who just out of the blue on Tuesday asked me what I normally eat after my workout. To be honest, I don’t normally eat until I am in the office. I said as much and she looked totally horrified! “How can you wait that long? Don’t you know you should eat within 15 mins of working out or your body will start eating your muscles?” she asks…..

I never, actually, thought about it. I am a creature of habit and right now I have my little routine down pat. I prepare my breakfast and lunch the night before, get up at the ungodly hour of 4am the next day, go to the gym, then make my way to work. I then eat my breakfast once I am comfortbly settled at my desk.

So, I did some research yesterday and found so many different views of when one should eat after a workout. The one that, I suppose, I will take on board is this – If your main goal is to build muscle, eat at least 30 grams of protein and 30-35 grams of carbs within 15 mins of your workout. If you are trying to stay in shape or shed a few pounds, you can take your time and eat within 45 mins or an hour after your workout. I think I am up to 1 hr 30 mins, so may need to adjust slightly. Oh the joys of the fitness world! 

Any oooh! On another note, remember me talking about snacking at work? My Director, Paula, read my blog and brought me this tiny tin that measures out a serving size of almonds! πŸ˜†

I did not even know such things exist! Just to show how much I am yet to learn. A serving of almond is 1 ounce (23 almonds). Sometimes I do eat way to many, so this is brilliant! Thank you Paula. 😊

I wonder if they do something similar for cashews? I could eat cashews for days!

I end on this note. I have another weigh-in later today. I’ll update you in the morrows.

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