The FDA has very minimal, if any regulations regarding supplements which means they are not regularly tested for foreign substances and the manufacturers can essentially say what they’d like in regards to what the supplement contains, where it comes from and what it actually does.
One might argue that the protein bar or other supplement here contains some kind of fancy vitamin or mineral that makes it superior to a Snicker’s Bar and maybe it does or they just claim it does. Post-Workout Glycogen Restoration is easily achieved through simple carbs, in which are sugars in their most basic form that the body can easily and quickly absorb into the muscles for use. You’re body is very metabolically active as it works to recharge it’s fuel stores and repair your muscles. So the best time to have such naughty treats is post-workout since you will use it rather than store it.
Minerals especially can be found in leafy greens and vegetables but aren’t always “bio-available” which means that your body won’t absorb the entire mineral contained within the vegetable and ends up leaving the body. Eating such nutrient dense foods post workout increases the absorption of the food you eat, specifically the calories, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water that is contains.
For a quick snack post workout, sometimes you grab what you got. As an athlete himself, David always tries to leave the gym with a snack in hand, usually a hard-boiled egg or even a fruit smoothie containing vanilla protein powder. The best advice is to “keep it simple stupid”. Post workout you’ll need some protein, you’ll need some carbs and you’ll need some fats, of course the amounts will vary depend on your goals but focus best on consuming high quality, nutrient dense foods when possible. Remember you are what you eat, the quality of food you eat has a direct effect on you’re body and what it is capable of.
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- David Smith is an exercise professional, athlete, blogger and owner of Stonewall Fitness. He is a certified personal trainer and holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. He is an active athlete and Gay Games medalist training and competing in triathlon and swimming. He is passionate about bringing the LGBT community together through exercise and fitness. Help support David with his athletic endeavors! Visit www.gofundme.com/bttrflyr and Read more here...