Why Post Workout Nutrition Is Important

Why Post Workout Nutrition Is Important

Do you like to “move-it-move-it”? If you are like us, exercise is an important part of your daily routine to keep your physical, mental, and emotional health in check. Some of the Chef Soraya Team enjoys yoga, some trail run & hike, and others love to do strength training workouts at the gym (or at home these days). No matter the type of physical exercise, we just like to move our bodies because it feels good! After a good sweat, it is important to fuel-up properly and we want to help ensure that you are eating the right foods to support your body, so that you can keep moving however you like to! 

Back To Basics

When you exercise, your muscles use up your glycogen stores for fuel. As a result, your glycogen stores become depleted and the protein in your muscles get micro-tears in them. After your workout, your body tries to rebuild its glycogen stores, repair the micro-tears, and regrow the muscles that you used.

This is why it is vital to nourish your body during this time, as proper nutrition helps to accelerate the muscle repair process. The best way to do this is to eat all 3 macronutrients: carbs, protein, and fat, as each, helps to build muscle mass. Carbs help to refuel your glycogen stores, protein helps to feed your muscles, and healthy fat is a great way to replenish the body with calories while stabilizing blood sugar to help all bodily functions run smoothly. 

Eating Macronutrients Helps To:

  • Decrease muscle protein breakdown. 
  • Increase muscle protein synthesis (this helps your muscles grow).
  • Restore glycogen stores. 
  • Balance blood sugar (so you don’t feel shaky or hangry).
  • Enhance recovery.

Real Food For Real Results

Chef Soraya plant-based macro meals make for the perfect post-workout fuel, as each bowl contains complex carbohydrates, complete protein, and healthy fat. In fact, a 3:1 carb to protein ratio is most optimal for post-workout recovery and muscle repair, which is about the same ratio of carbs to protein found in our bowls! What’s more, is that Chef Soraya bowls are made with real ingredients. You won’t find any ultra-processed junk, artificial flavors, or sweeteners in our meals, unlike other post-workout shakes and nutrition bars. So, get a move-on, and fuel up the right way with a satisfying Chef Soraya macro meal!

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