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What to Eat After a Workout at the Gym: 5 Easy Tips

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Eat Within 30 Minutes of Your Workout

What you eat post your workout plays a key role in impacting muscle gain. After doing a strenuous workout, one should eat a 'recovery' meal as soon as possible. According to Dr. Anju Sood, who has been working in the field of nutrition for about 25 years in Bangalore, one should have a protein-rich meal within half an hour of their workout and should avoid carbs if one wants to tone up. "Fat is the culprit", she asserts.

Our body uses up nutrients during workouts, so post-exercise meals are all about providing the body with what it has lost for repair and healing. In fact, it's the recovery after exercise that really helps in terms of building strength, endurance and lean muscle tissues. Not recovering properly will make you weak when you go for your next workout, and also increase your injury risk.

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How to Plan Your Diet

A lot of people think because they did an intense workout, they deserve a burger. During the workout the body mobilizes the fat and one is generally left hungry post exercising. Hence, we tend to have a lot of unhealthy food, which gets us back to square one. It is thus important to make sure you have the necessary intake of nutrients.

b) Eggs: They help in muscle growth and are a good source of protein. Vegetable stuffed omelette can be a perfect combination of taste and nutrition after a workout.c) Avocados: They provide Vitamin B, which helps in metabolizing all healthy carbohydrates and proteins. Take a few slices of avocados with an omelette or mix it with smoothies.

d) Whey protein: The intake of whey protein leads to an insulin spike, which helps the muscles absorb glucose and replenish energy stores. It can be mixed with water or milk. It also provide the needed amino acids to muscles. However, eat it only on prescription.e) Cherries: They are rich in antioxidants and thus help in relieving muscles soreness after a workout.

Brown Rice Instead of White: Apart from the fact that brown rice is a whole grain, it is also a source of antioxidant. Further, since it is rich in fiber, it promotes metabolism and weight loss, asserts Gaurav Sharma. Handful of Dry Fruits: Sheela Krishnaswamy, Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, recommends having some dry fruits which have a high glycemic index, immediately after a workout.

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No Desi Ghee - A Myth Debunked

Desi ghee helps in lubricating the muscle and boosts immunity. There is a certain fear in recent times about desi ghee being fattening. However, the truth is, desi ghee has a unique short chain fatty acid structure, which is lipolytic by nature and helps in breaking down fat. Unlike other oils, ghee is free of trans fats. "You should have one spoon of ghee daily," says experts. So, don't think twice before having it in your next meal.

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Stay Hydrated

After gymming, we sweat and therefore lose electrolytes, which are minerals found in the blood that help in regulating the amount of water in our body. While a normal workout wouldn't require electrolyte-replenishing but those who participate in longer and tough workouts generally need it. Sheela Krishnaswamy draws our attention to the fact that it's also not necessary to have a big meal if it's just one hour of workout. However, it is important to stay hydrated. Apart from having plain water, one can have coconut water which is a rich source of potassium that counteracts the effects of sodium This helps in maintaining proper fluid balance in the body, and aids in avoiding cramps after an intense workout schedule.

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Recovery Drink

Bored of the regular protein shake? You can also sip a delicious chocolate milkshake after working out, which will replenish your energy levels and the glycogen index. According to Cornell University researchers, chocolate milk, as long as it is low fat, is the 'gold standard for a recovery beverage'. Clint Wattenberg, the coordinator of sports nutrition at Cornell, said that "20 grams of protein is optimal for muscle recovery for an athlete weighing around 10 tones." It was concluded in the research that chocolate milk was as effective as any other sports beverage.

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