It seems counter- intuitive to eat fat after an intense workout. Besides the unbearable guilt of potentially sabotaging the workout efforts, one’s stomach is often left feeling uncomfortable afterwards. Additionally, professionals often advocate postworkout meals to be rich in protein and carbohydrates, not fats. However, is a complete post workout fat aversion something that we have unnecessarily imposed on ourselves, or is it a justified approach that we should adhere to?
People often avoid consuming fat after exercising due to a myriad of reasons. This is especially so for heavy lifting as there is a distinct need for the body to recover. However, there is a misconception that fat slows the rate of recovery. This was extrapolated from the fact that fat does slow down gastric emptying. This in turn reduces the rate that carbohydrates enter the bloodstream and into the muscles for glycogen repletion. However, there is no conclusive evidence that shows consuming fat after training hampers recovery.
It is interesting to note that there has been a study that showed that consuming a post-workout mixed meal (in this case, pizza) that contained a healthy portion of fat (17g) increased insulin levels high enough to halve muscle protein breakdown. Lending credence to this precedent, other studies have also shown that fat consumption after working out, even at levels as high as 165g, will not be detrimental to recovery.
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