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What Should You Eat After Working Out?

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What Should You Eat After Working Out?

Post-workout nutrition has long been considered an inviolable cornerstone of muscle building. How true is that, though? Does it really matter?

One of the first pieces of bodybuilding advice I was given was on post-workout nutrition.

If I didn’t eat protein and carbs immediately after training, I was told, I’d miss an opportunity to accelerate muscle growth, if not directly hinder it.

And so I did, after every workout, without fail.

Chances are you’ve heard the same things. Bodybuilders and gymbros alike have been singing post-workout nutrition’s praises for decades.

How important is it really, though? Does eating after workouts actually help us build muscle faster?

Well, the long story short is this:

Post-workout nutrition isn’t as crucial as many would have us believe, but it’s not entirely without merit, either.

And in this episode, you’re going to find out why.

By the end, you’re going to know why post-workout nutrition is even a “thing,” the ideal type of post-workout meal, the truth about the “anabolic window,” and more.

Let’s get started.

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