So, I’m just starting to really learn the science behind our body’s metabolism and how it utilizes food. I was thinking the other day, is eating a post-workout ( That hour window of opportunity) meal really that important? I mean, as long as you still get in enough calories throughout the day, does that post-workout window really matter all that much?
The argument against not eating after is that your muscles are glycogen-depleted and all this, so you’d want to ingest simple carbs to quickly replenish glycogen stores…but wouldn’t most people not on a low-carb diet be very rarely glycogen depleted? I mean it takes people a few days to go into a state of ketosis, so doesn’t that fly in the face of the assumption that you’d be glycogen-depleted after only a 1-1.5 hour workout?
I’m just thinking, your body can also use fat stores and convert it to glycogen, so someone with a fair amount of body fat (10+%) would have plenty of “stored energy” to convert to glycogen. Kind of like the argument that people who are fairly lean shouldn’t do HIIT too much because they don’t have that much “stored energy” and their body could tap into protein stores for energy…
Diet’s the one aspect of bodybuilding that I think is the most variable and individualized, I realize this, but what do you think?
For the record, I’m getting in enough calories, I’m tracking my diet on fitday.com, and I just finished working out and I’m eating my post-workout sandwich but I’m still thinking about this subject.