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Post by carlos81 » Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:19 pm

hi guys, forgive the newbie question if it's on here and i didn't find it!!

I'm looking into what i can eat\drink AFTER my workouts (3-5 per week), and football (once a week).
My problem is time from home to the gym and money (sure i'm not the only one on that!).
Basically after i go the gym, i'm looking at an average of 1 hour before i'm home, then 30 mins before i'm eating, bearing in mind i'm getting home around dinner time, or i'm eating main meals at 10pm, which is far too late!
I can't get the Whey protein, gonna be a while before i can get that money, and i'm not 100% sure how good that will be after being made around 5/6 and consumed around 9/10am depending on the shift!
I know that we have a 15-60 minute window to restock the energy\protein i just burned - especially weight training, and ideally i'm looking to burn fat mainly, but don't want to loose the muscle i have.
Any idea's\questions, just let me know
Thanks in advance,
Carl


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Post by hoosegow » Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:26 pm

How about milk and boiled eggs?

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Post by stuward » Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:29 pm

Chocolate Milk. Eat the eggs an hour or so later.

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Post by ninjackn » Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:13 pm

Cottage cheese or tuna? umm... tofu?

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Post by pdellorto » Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:19 pm

Banana and beef jerky?

Oatmeal and scrambled eggs mixed together?

A cold chicken breast and a piece of fruit?

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Seriously, any portable food will do. Whey protein and a sugar, chocolate milk, etc. - all of them are more ideal than say, beef jerky and an orange, or an apple and a can of tuna, or whatever. But I'd say "Just eat something with protein and some carbs." First get some food in you. When you can afford the time and money to make the meal more suitable, do that.


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Post by hoosegow » Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:41 pm

peanut butter

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Post by Pauly420 » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:03 pm

I do a mixture of nuts, cheese, and beef jerky...great snacks.

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Post by TimD » Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:02 pm

While I agree that nuts, meats, cheeses fruits, peanut butter are clearly good snacks, I think the OP is looking for something to maximize his post workout recovery before he can get home to a real "meal". something containg P,C, F and fairly hi GI would do the trick nicely. Milk or chocolate milk would be my choice.
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Post by hoosegow » Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:13 pm

I may have jumped to this assumption Tim, but I don't think he has a place to store his food. I am trying to think of things that won't spoil in a backpack or locker over a period of time.

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Post by carlos81 » Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:32 pm

thanks for the tips so far..

It is right, i struggle to store things, but i do have 2 weeks i can get round this (Gym before work..) it's mainly for the other times when i have the problem.

It's mainly for recovery i'm looking to get in soon after the workouts, i push alot on the weights, so i do feel this after, but depending on the times, it's up to 1 1/2 hours till i'm able to eat again.

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Post by stuward » Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:37 pm

Just to play devil's advocate, there is another opinion that says that you might not want to eat right after a workout. It can interfere with the release of growth hormones. If you can't eat right after, don't worry about it. You won't shrivel up.

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Post by carlos81 » Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:21 pm

Stuward lol! i stoped growing 13 years ago!! not too worried on that side.
I bulk up quite quickly anyway so thats not really an issue.

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Post by Ironman » Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:49 pm

You still need growth hormone it isn't just for growing. You just want some simple carbs and protein. That is what post workout nutrition is all about.

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Post by daniel4738 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:49 am

hoosegow wrote:peanut butter
Actually, I have been reading Lauren Cordain's book 'The Paleo Diet for Athletes' and one of the things about not eating legumes is the acid content and something to do with muscle breakdown.

Therefor eating a net acid loading food after a workout is doubly bad because you are fueling muscle break down.

I don't have the book at work with me, so I cannot verify that I am remembering correctly :D

He suggests a 4:1 carb to protein ratio drink with glucose, fruit and whey 30 mins after.

Then proteins and high glycemic load carbs 30-120 mins after exercise. Something like potatoes and chicken.

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Post by stuward » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:46 am

He's probably right that it increases acid but so does meat. The high vegetable component of his diet should counteract that. I'm of the mind that peanuts, although a legume, nutritionally are more like a nut than a bean.


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