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I hear everywhere that you have to eat protein after a workout.

What happens if I don't eat protein after a workout?

What happens if I don't eat anything after a workout (for a couple of hours....)

Is it really that bad?

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Original Post by flybee:

Is it really that bad?

 

 yep

Original Post by dooshly:

Original Post by flybee:

Is it really that bad?

 

 yep

I'll wither away? Shrivel up and die? Uh oh.

Original Post by flybee:

I hear everywhere that you have to eat protein after a workout.

 

I venture a guess and say this place will be no different. 

It's good practice to eat a meal/snack/recovery drink with protein in it within an hour of working out.  Doing so will help your muscles repair and replentish the protein consumed during your workout.

 

I know it's a good practice, but what are the consequences of not doing this? 

Sore muscles?  Smaller muscles?  Overwhelming fatigue? 

I just don't know what happens to me physically if I don't "replentish the protein consumed during my workout" and I am curious to know.

I'd guess that you don't get as much out of your workout (specifically lifting)? So more that you are not maximizing your results, rather than setting yourself up in some way for some kind of harm.

Yikes!  I am glad you brought this up!  I didn't know you had to eat something after a workout...

What about if you workout in the evening?  I have read/heard from various sources that you shouldn't consume food after 6 PM.  So, if I work out at 7 PM, have a snack after my workout at 8 PM, shower and go to bed at 10 PM, will that mess up my weight loss?

If you are lifting to gain muscle mass your gains will be more gradual.  If your are doing endurance sports your performance the following day will suffer.  If neither of these is a concern of yours then don't worry about it.

Original Post by babygirldebz:

I have read/heard from various sources that you shouldn't consume food after 6 PM. 

That is not correct. As long as the calories are within your budget, you can eat at any time of day, and it will not affect your weight loss.

Original Post by flybee:

What happens if I don't eat protein after a workout?

You'll grow hair on your palms.

Original Post by flybee:

What happens if I don't eat anything after a workout (for a couple of hours....)

You'll go blind

Original Post by babygirldebz:

I have read/heard from various sources that you shouldn't consume food after 6 PM. 

It depends on where you live, eating after 6pm Greenwich mean time will make you gain weight, what time you need to stop eating depends on what time zone you're in. 

Sarcasm, thy name is sully.

eating after a workout, esp including protein, will help you recover faster/better so that you can grow stronger and be ready for another workout sooner.

i usually eat a piece of fruit and some nuts, easy enough to bring with you just about anywhere!

Just Do It!!! No if ands or whys!!!

I'll be the odd one out. Lol. I think the whole recovery drink thing is way over ratted. Companies LOVE it because they can sell tons of "special, super duper" mixes to the public. The reality is most people do not exercise hard enough, long enough or frequently enough to need anything special after the work out. A well balanced diet is good enough. The recovery drink or food is somewhat beneficial if you are doing multiple hard work outs a day, or you expand tons of calories and doing multiple back to back training days.

So what kind of workouts are you doing?

UD

I thought real food was meant? its the best time to bring in carbs & protein if you want some muscle & fast recovery to do more exercising the next day.

Original Post by octo-luv:

I thought real food was meant? its the best time to bring in carbs & protein if you want some muscle & fast recovery to do more exercising the next day.

Well then the answer would probably depend when is the exercise performed in addition to what kind/intensity/duration. As for exercising the next day, again I think it depends on overall nutrition and type/duration/intensity.

UD

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Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by babygirldebz:

I have read/heard from various sources that you shouldn't consume food after 6 PM. 

That is not correct. As long as the calories are within your budget, you can eat at any time of day, and it will not affect your weight loss.

Although it's a good idea to avoid eating right before going to bed - it can keep you awake and isn't great for your esophagus.

Original Post by kriklaf:

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by babygirldebz:

I have read/heard from various sources that you shouldn't consume food after 6 PM. 

That is not correct. As long as the calories are within your budget, you can eat at any time of day, and it will not affect your weight loss.

Although it's a good idea to avoid eating right before going to bed - it can keep you awake and isn't great for your esophagus.

And the next time I go to bed at 7pm, I'll keep that in mind Wink

People have different tolerances for that - I often don't end up getting to eat dinner til 9pm, and go to bed by 10pm, and I sleep fine (except when the dog snores).

But as far as weight loss goes, the hour doesn't matter. And actually, I know some people will eat certain things (like cottage cheese) right before bed. Something about it being a slow digesting protein, and so it keeps your digestion going... something like that? I can't remember. I hate cottage cheese.

Original Post by trhawley:

If you are lifting to gain muscle mass your gains will be more gradual.  If your are doing endurance sports your performance the following day will suffer.  If neither of these is a concern of yours then don't worry about it.

This!

Unless you are trying to be a professional lifter or super awesome endurance athlete it doesn't matter. Just eat whatever and whenever you want. You may be *slightly* more sore, but nothing signficant. Recovery happens while you sleep, not while you eat. BUT, eating good food will help that process.

 If you're an optimization nerd like me you can check out the guidelines I nicked from Alan Aragon in What (and when) to eat before/after a workout? - and keep in mind that deviating from those guidelines won't make you explode, catch fire or shrivel up and die, it will just move you away from a local optimum peak on the graph.

 Over the long haul the impact of any one workout or following the pre/post-workout nutrition guidelines is negligible, it's the cumulative impact of your regular actions that's important.

And yep unless you're either a competitive athlete or an optimization nerd it's not worth fretting too much over detail-wise - just have some carbs and protein before and after the workout; a cup of milk and some sort of fruit works reasonably well for both pre- and post-workout if you don't want to go the optimization nerd route ;)

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