After a cardiovascular workout (fat loss day), wait 30-45 minutes, and then consume a high quality source of protein (whole food) and vegetable-type carbohydrate. An example would be a spinach salad and some chicken. The reason why you’ll want to wait a bit after the session to eat is to ride the fat burning wave of your cardio session.
However, waiting more than an hour is typically too long, and can start to slow down your metabolism because your body goes into starvation mode. After a resistance workout (muscle building day) you need a different approach.
The meal after a resistance workout is the only meal that you ever want to be absorbed rapidly.
Because typically, when a meal is absorbed fast because of high glycemic or simple carbs, there is a good chance your blood sugar will rise too fast, and the carbohydrates will be stored as body fat. But after a resistance workout, you’ve just primed the pump with an intense workout (with weights), and you have a one hour window of opportunity to shuttle in nutrients, amino acids, glycogen, and other anabolic nutrients to help repair your damaged muscles.
If you miss this one hour window after your intense workout, the chances that your muscles will be able to repair themselves, which makes them bigger and stronger, diminish significantly.
Keep in mind that after a workout, your stomach and digestive tract do not function as efficiently. The reason is because your digestive tract is incredibly vascular and uses significant amounts of blood to do its job. The problem arises because much of your blood is in the muscles that you just finished training.
So an adequate amount of blood is not available to digest food eaten after a workout. For this reason, the best post workout meal on resistance training days is whey protein and a higher glycemic (fast released, starchy) carbohydrate.
You can use a banana as your carb. The potassium in the banana seems to help with recovery. The whey protein is already pre-digested so it is absorbed rapidly.
You’ll want to consume your fast released post workout meal 15-30 minutes after an intense weight training session.
Start to implement these rules of proper fitness nutrition, and you’ll likely start to feel your clothes fit better within a couple of weeks. Everyone has the power to change. Many people get in the best shape of their life in their 40’s and 50’s. You can too! A healthy fitness lifestyle is the only true fountain of youth that exists. Train hard and expect success,