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    mcFreid is offline Third Set
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    Post-Workout Nutrition... for CARDIO?

    I know that for lifting it is recommended to get a post-workout meal within 30 minutes of finishing up. I was wondering if the same thing matters for cardio workouts. If it matters, is it just as important? Also, if it matters, is there a different type of food?

    Along the same lines, I'm eating a medium sized apple and around a handful of beef jerky post-lifting. Is this OK?

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    Michael

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    Karky is offline Former member of VulgarityGang
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    I think what you're eating seems a bit little.. how many g of carbs and protein is that combined?

    And I'd just do the same after cardio. Your glycogen stores need to be replenished after cardio as well as lifting.

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    Not sure on the exact numbers. I can't eat tons because of time and I'm trying to get stuff that I can grab from my dining hall (in college) because I already pay for the food from there. Buying protein-bars or protein shakes would become expensive, though they do fit the "on the go" type that I need. So I need something to eat that is quick and easy, hence an apple and beef jerky. I guess I can increase the amount though, I'll have to test myself and see what works because I don't want to eat too much (trying to get my abs to show). Thanks for the tip on cardio though. From another person I heard it's best to eat less carbs after cardio and more protein as eating a good amount of carbs offsets the benefits of cardio fat loss. What do you say on this? Does it really matter, or should I maybe just eat the beef jerky and not the apple, or maybe only half the apple (though that is wasteful).

    Thanks Again,
    Michael

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    Karky is offline Former member of VulgarityGang
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    If you want to lose fat you should be in a calorie deficit, so calories out > calories in.
    As long as the PWO is worked into that, then you'll be fine.

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    Ah you approached a tricky subject indeed! What I want is way way too much to explain in this reply. It's up to you but if you don't mind please read my journal or this other post of mine at these links:
    http://training.fitness.com/journal/...ney-37451.html
    http://training.fitness.com/weight-t...ise-37478.html

    If you don't have the time (as there is a lot to read), I understand. But I do hope you can help me with the subject of cutting versus bulking for me and how to get the ripped abs I oh so desire. I'd be interested in your advice.

    Thanks for the input and help so far!
    -Michael

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    If I were you, I'd bulk up. But only you can decide for yourself.

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    Karky, going with the "if I were you rout", just curious on why you choose bulking up. Maybe your reasons may will end being mine; I just haven't though of them yet if that makes sense.

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    Post workout food should be something quick recovering carbs with some long term burning carbs. A slice of WHITE bread or just any fruit is good to hold you over until dinner time. I would ditch the beef jerky, too much sodium. Like many have said, you should be in calorie defeceit so eat often but light and drink a lot and i mean a lot of water. If you really want to push it, try drinking 1 fluid oz for 1 lbs of body mass. That should make the average male to drink 1.5 gallon a day...

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    I just don't think you got a lot of fat on your body and I think you'd look better with some more muscle. IMO, if you cut, you'll just end up looking scrawny.

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    Good reasons. I think I'm going to do as you suggest and bulk. I'm going to keep a calorie surplus until I hit 10% body fat and then going to cut back down, hopefully with some abs in the process. I don't think I can psychologically handle going back into the double digits again with body fat, but maybe once I get there I'll realize it's not so bad and keep going. We'll see. But for now, the end point remains 10% (unless you strongly suggest otherwise?).

    Thanks for all comments and replies. I've learned a lot and plan to continue learning. Please again, if there's anything else that needs to be said or any recommendations don't hesitate. I'm still keeping an open mind to every possibility.

    Thank you,
    Michael

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    A little carbs & protein before, and only protein after. No carbs for 2 hours after, if you want to stimulate HGH which will naturally burn fat and stimulate metabolism.

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    Do you think the increased GH will have a big impact. If so why, and is there any research done on this that you know about?

    Also, wouldn't you want the anabolic hormone insulin around right after training since it increases protein synthesis? Specially since his goal is to gain muscle.

    Of course, GH stimulates protein synthesis too, but wouldn't you want to fill your glycogen stores up with glycogen? Also, if you burn more fat after a workout doesn't really matter that much for losing fat, what matters in the long run is your calorie balance. I guess you have to weigh up what you want, the possible fat managing effect and protein synthesis of GH or the glycogen synthesising and protein synthesis effect of taking in carbs.
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