But not all carbs are created equal. Some will help, others will hinder your results. Here are my top 5 favs...
- Are you trying to lose fat or gain muscle?
- How intense was your workout?
- What is your body type?
If you are trying to gain muscle then you will want to consume higher GI carbs such as white rice or potatoes and more of them. If fat loss is your top priority you should stick to lower GI carbs like fruit, yams, or oatmeal and keep the volume lower.
The intensity of your workout also makes a huge difference. Going for a walk is not a good reason to eat a bowl of white rice.
Your post workout meal will look a lot different depending on whether you just got off the elliptical machine or if you set a new personal best on your back squat. Make sure you make the correct judgement call on the intensity of your workout. The more intense the more carbs you should eat.
Finally your body type. Even if your goal is to gain muscle and you are putting yourself through super intense workouts, your carb intake may be different than your ectomorphic best friend.
Learning to eat right for your body type will make a huge difference in how quickly you achieve your fitness goals.
With all that being said here are my favourite carbs to eat after an intense training session...
Bananas are a higher GI fruit and as such quickly deliver the glucose your body needs following a gruelling workout.
You could argue that eating 2+ bananas is getting up there with regards to sugar content but for me they do the trick.
They also have a lower GI than rice or potatoes making them a perfect fit no matter if your goals are muscle gain or fat loss.
But being delicious isn't the only thing oatmeal has going for it. Oatmeal delivers a good serving of carbohydrates, some vitamins and minerals, and is fairly easy to digest.
Similar to yams and sweet potatoes oatmeal has a lower GI making it a pretty good choice for just about anyone.
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