The Post Workout Meal
January 15, 2012 Leave a comment
I’m still measuring my ketone levels periodically with ketostix, even though I’m now no longer following a low carb diet. What I’ve found is that my levels seem to measure the highest when I take a reading after my workouts. So, this would imply that my body is burning fat for energy at it’s highest during or after my workout. At the same time, the leangains protocol has me eating immediately after workouts. From a naive point of view, I should wait as long as possible after a workout to eat but now that I think about it, post workout, my body could be burning fat for energy, but still take advantage of the nutrients in my meal to rebuild and repair muscle. So delaying that meal may increase (or not at all affect) my fat burn at the cost of impairing muscle growth or repair.
So, I will continue following the leangains protocol. I need to commit to one particular methodology and follow it for several weeks before making too many changes. This is both fair to the protocol and to me, otherwise I’d just be flitting from one thing to another never finding something that works partially because I’m changing what I’m doing so often. My post workout hunger abatement still continues. It’s kind of annoying because this is the meal where I’m to consume the greater part of my calories for the day. Hunger abatement sounds like I’m just less hungry than usual. This is not correct. Post workout, I don’t feel hungry at all.
Still, perhaps there is a way to mix in cardio into my non-workout days where I can increase fat burning but not affect my muscle growth. This will likely lean towards a low intensity long duration exercise, but I will take time to do a lot more reading before tweaking my leangains protocol.