Cut the Sugar After Your Workout
Every good athlete or bodybuilder knows that what you eat after a workout is incredibly important. What you decide to put into your body after exercise (even up to two hours later) can have a huge impact on the health benefits you can get from it. However, there’s one ingredient that you may be overlooking when it comes to your post-exercise snack: sugar.
While a simple booster and a sweet tooth satisfier, sugar can actually negatively impact your insulin sensitivity as well as your production of human growth hormone (HGH). Plus, it’s found in a ton of protein shakes, energy drinks, protein bars, and other so-called healthy snacks.
According to a recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers found that eating a low-carbohydrate meal after aerobic exercise enhances your insulin sensitivity, which can help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, it has also been found that consuming fructose, including that from fruit juices, can severely reduce your body’s ability to produce HGH post workout, which means much smaller or even non-existent gains.
During that two hour window of time after a workout, avoid sugary foods. Instead, look to ingest foods high in protein and low in sugar, like Greek yogurt. The health effects are much more powerful than you realize.