You Are What You Eat After Exercise

post-workout-meal-585You know the saying “You are what you eat?” Well, it rings true for everyday eats—and even more so for post-workout noshes, new research suggests. A recent study out of the Journal of Applied Physiology found that eating a lower-carb meal after exercising enhanced the body’s insulin sensitivity, thereby making it easier for the ol’ bod to move sugar from the bloodstream into tissues like muscles. (Insulin resistance is a hallmark of Type II diabetes and a general sign of poor health.)

Researchers also found that it didn’t matter how many calories the meal included, so after a workout, you can eat according to your hunger not the science. Now, of course, for you endurance athletes, you’ll want to keep carb loading up for energy-filled and performance-based workouts, but for the pre-diabetics out there, reduce those carbs to start reaping the benefits!

The moral of this story? Your post-workout meal matters!


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  1. Very interesting! I’ll have to remember that after I hit the gym in a few hours! Thanks for letting us know!

    Jen 🙂

  2. Good Stuff!!! I always like go Lower in the carbs Post workout!!! Im not diabetic and i dont want to be!!! This is why I’m busting my hump trying to become a Fitbottomedgirl!!! 😉
    Love ya

  3. malinda says:

    what do you consider low carb?

  4. Very good article. Those of us anti-aging doctors who are familiar with epigenetics know that right after eating a fast food meal your genes are negatively impacted and right after a healthy,fresh meal they are positively impacted.