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Post Workout Meal: What You Should Know

So you’ve just worked out…now what? If you are just starting to workout, you should know how important your post workout meal is. It’s one of the key elements to getting into shape. It’s time for your post workout protein!

Your muscles have worked hard and in need of repair. As the muscles repair, protein building blocks called amino acids are needed to rebuild the muscle fibers broken down during exercise. Within 30 min after my workout, I enjoy a post workout protein shake with a banana.

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When I first began to workout, the term, “building muscle” sounded too much like “bodybuilding” and I was very hesitate to facilitate building muscle.

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Since then, I have learned building muscle is what everyone needs and does NOT have to equate into bodybuilder if that’s not what you want. Also, remember the more muscle you have, the leaner you will be which raises metabolism to burn more calories and fat we all want to lose.

Your journey to fitness does not end with your workout. The workout is a single step on the path. Just as our vehicles need fuel and fluids to continue to work properly, our bodies need the nutrients necessary to improve performance. One of the best opportunities for muscle building is the first 30 min of the post workout period.

So, once I have cooled down a bit, I always drink a protein shake to refuel my muscles to maximize the toning I am working hard for. 

The key is using protein for weight loss through increasing metabolism with muscle building and toning. 

There are 2 types of protein to use while losing weight. One is for recovery after workouts and the other is a meal replacement. Using the combination of these will speed up your weight loss in a healthy way that is sustainable long-term. 

The fiber in a meal replacement shake does a great job keeping you more full for longer. It is also loaded with vitamins and minerals without a lot of calories. Of course a bonus is that it is also one of the best tasting protein shakes with a huge variety of flavors.

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Additional Resources for Post Workout Meal Help

How I Used Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss After 40

Here’s a Great Low Carb Protein Powder to Support a Low Carb Diet

Everything You Need to Know to Effectively Use Protein for Weight Loss

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Tuesday 19th of March 2024

I don't think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article.


Saturday 22nd of September 2018

Son of a gun, this is so helpufl!


Thursday 3rd of September 2015

Great advice Stephanie and so glad you linked up with us at #WednesdaysWisdom. See you next week.


Friday 28th of August 2015

Thanks for the info about following a workout with protein. I am really bad about doing this but this seems like an easy shake. Thanks!

Stephanie Miller

Sunday 30th of August 2015

Sandra, Oh it is so important! I hope you will add protein into your routine. Even look into getting a mini-blender that you can leave on the counter - makes it that much easier!

Cynthia @craftoflaughter

Friday 28th of August 2015

I'm all about a protein shake after a workout!

Stephanie Miller

Sunday 30th of August 2015

Cynthia, Great, that's so important! We want to maximize those efforts, huh? Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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