Pro athletes have it easy: Their nutrition plans are all laid out for them, down to the gram. Their coaches prescribe exactly how much protein and carbohydrate they need after each workout—and at what intervals—to maximize their gains.
The question is, should you be concerned about post-workout nutrition? Can it make a difference for the ordinary exerciser?
If you want to get the biggest possible impact from the time you spend sweating, the short answer is yes.
Most of my clients are interested in fat loss as well as fitness, and it can be a hard sell trying to persuade them to consume calories immediately after burning them. But let me outline the sales pitch.