Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Next Most Important Meal

The One Meal that Can Make or Break Your Results

Everyone begins a fitness plan with one goal and one goal only....RESULTS.

What if there was a way you could accelerate your results? Would you be willing to add this to one of the several key factors that must be in place to achieve the results you are after?

Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but there is another meal you must consume that will have a dramatic impact on your ability to see results - and quickly!

Your Post Workout Meal

What you choose to eat (or not to eat) will determine how quickly your body recovers after a workout. Recovery is the Fast Track to Results!

The faster your body recovers, the more you can do during your workout, the more you boost your metabolism, the faster you will see results!

Now as busy moms - finding the time to eat is one challenge, but embracing the mindset that it is okay to fill your body with food after workout is yet another challenge we must overcome.

It is very common for women to skip this post workout meal due to a combination of false beliefs..
- eat less, weight less
- post workout is when we feel the "lightest"

However, this is the most important time TO put food into your body.

Right after a workout, your body is in need of nutrients. Your muscles need carbohydrates to replace their drained fuel sources (muscle glycogen) and they need protein to begin the repairing and rebuilding process. This repair and recovery process will improve the condition of your muscles and in return will boost your metabolism.

The sooner you eat, the sooner the recovery process can begin. Your goal is to eat something within the first 30-45 minutes after your workout.

The better the nutrients you provide, the better the recovery.

Right after a workout, your muscles are like sponges, ready to absorb everything and anything you feed them, which is why you need to focus on the timing and the quality of this meal.

So what do you eat?
Your post-workout recovery drink should contain about 200-250 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrates, and 15 grams of protein - a 2:1 ratio. This will provide your body with the “building blocks” to refuel your muscles, as well as to repair and rebuild your muscle tissue - which in turn boosts your metabolism so you Burn More Fat!

The best post workout meal option is a liquid source. This is most ideal because a drink can be processed and utilized by you body much faster than eating a whole food meal that takes time to digest.

Whey protein powders, post workout shakes - such as Prograde's Workout and meal replacements shakes - which Prograde has the most delicious chocolate shake coming out the beginning of February! I know I am excited!

Best post workout whole food choices - now keep in mind that a slower digesting solid food meal may take 2 to 3 hours to fully reach the muscle - so make an effort to choose fast digesting carbohydrates and proteins. Some examples - fruit, fruit juice, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese are just a few examples.

~Don't forget to drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout. It is very tough for your muscles to work and recuperate if they're dehydrated.

So take your fat loss plan to the next level be ensuring you have the right type of post workout meal within 30-45 minutes after your workout. This, along with the proven Fit Yummy Mummy fat loss strategies will ensure you achieve your fat loss results in record time!

After 7 weeks on the FYM program, I have more energy, my clothes fit better, my abs are looking much more defined, and I am eating so much more and healthier than I ever have before. I used to wonder how people could possibly get 5 servings of fruits/vegetables in during a day every day and now I get that many in by 2:00 p.m.!” ~ Dani Stordy, Utah

"I found my old measurements saved on my Virtual Model at Lands Ends website, I was shopping for a coat in early November so that is the closest I have. Here goes! (My jaw literally dropped when I measured my waist!)

November 07 Measurements: 34 Bust 32 Waist 39 Hip

January 17th Measurements (drum roll....) 33 Bust (sigh) 28-28.5 waist 37 Hip

Sooooo That is..... 1 inch off the chest.... 4 inches off the waist and 2 inches off the hip!" ~ Kelly Alford

If you are tired of getting discouraged by all the other diet and exercise programs out there....Get ready to take your fitness plan to the next level and Grab your copy of Fit Yummy Mummy today!


sauchagirl said...

Thanks. That information was really helpful. You read so many things about what to eat when. You really broke it down.

Audrey said...

Thanks for the great post. I go through one bottle of water before during and after a workout. I often see folks working out with no liquid in sight :( Anyway, thanks for the information.