It’s 30 percent how you train and 70 percent what you eat that sets the foundation of a good physique. Sadly, though, many men think and do exactly the opposite of that. Remember, you can never outdo a bad diet by training harder. If you are making these five post workout eating mistakes, stop blaming your body or the workout.
NOT HAVING A BALANCED MEAL
The importance of a well-balanced post-workout meal can’t be emphasized enough. Although it’s ideal to dunk a protein shake right after working out, look at it only as a supplement to your post-workout meal. If you aren’t eating solid food, you are making a mistake. Supplements add on to the macronutrients you get from real food.
EATING TOO LATE AFTER YOUR WORKOUT
Anabolic window does exist and if you aren’t eating right after your lifting sessions, you are missing out on gains. Post workout, your body is most primed to absorb and locate nutrients where they are needed the most. Also, if you are trying to put on muscle, it’s an ideal time for carb intake as the glycogen stores are washed out. But don’t eat just anything, eat clean!
NOT HAVING A DIET PLAN
If you are serious about your gains or fat loss, you need to have a diet plan. Either you have or you don’t.The effect of a workout session remains for as much as 48 hours on the body. If you don’t feed it right, don’t expect it to look right. Again, if you think you trained hard today and can eat as much crap as you like, you are headed towards failure.
EATING `FAT-FREE’ FOOD
Alright, no matter if your goal is fat loss or muscle gain, you have to eat dietary fats. Mindlessly cutting out fats from your diet is idiotic, to say the least. From a biochemical level, low-fat diets ruin the body’s capability to burn fat. A lot of vitamins are fat soluble only and need fats to be absorbed. Fat is good for you. Eat it!
EATING TOO LESS OR OVEREATING
Not eating enough for fat loss and eating too much for muscle gain -both are wrong. Set your goal and a diet plan. If you can’t calculate the exact amount of calories you are taking, at least have a rough measurement. You need to eat in order to drop weight and really don’t need to stuff your mouth with food if you are gaining.