For as long as anyone in the fitness world can remember, post workout meals/supplements have been an obvious go-to.

But this may not be the best idea if you want to maximize your gains according to new methods.

 

The problem with eating immediately after a workout is how food consumption, growth hormones and testosterone react with one another.

When you lift heavy weights, you receive a huge boost in testosterone and growth hormones, which are key ingredients for building muscle.

When you eat any food, testosterone decreases temporarily and growth hormones also decrease. When you eat any type of food group, but especially carbs, you’ll receive an insulin spike. Insulin and growth hormones are an antagonistic pair, which means that as one increases the other decreases. Insulin also happens to raise cortisol in the body which has the same effect on testosterone. As cortisol increases testosterone decreases.

This is exactly why many elite athletes are beginning to stay away from meals up to 2 hours after their workouts.

 

By waiting to eat for 1-2 hours after your workouts you get a larger benefit from the extra testosterone and growth hormones that get secreted from lifting heavy weights.

Studies have even proven that 24 hour fasts can increase growth hormones by 2000%. Therefore by eating directly after your workouts you’re not getting the full benefits of testosterone and growth hormone increases.

 

If you truly want to maximize muscle growth, take your protein shake 30 minutes before your workout. This will increase protein synthesis. Then wait for 1-2 hours after the workout to eat again.

This will increase your gains by a much bigger percentage. Therefore next time you workout, remember what chemicals are being excreted in your body and stay away from eating in order to use them to your advantage. You need to give your body time to use the chemicals for muscle growth. By eating too soon, you cut these vital increases short and only get a small amount of the potential benefits.

For as long as anyone in the fitness world can remember, post workout meals/supplements have been an obvious go-to.

But this may not be the best idea if you want to maximize your gains according to new methods.

 

The problem with eating immediately after a workout is how food consumption, growth hormones and testosterone react with one another.

When you lift heavy weights, you receive a huge boost in testosterone and growth hormones, which are key ingredients for building muscle.

When you eat any food, testosterone decreases temporarily and growth hormones also decrease. When you eat any type of food group, but especially carbs, you'll receive an insulin spike. Insulin and growth hormones are an antagonistic pair, which means that as one increases the other decreases. Insulin also happens to raise cortisol in the body which has the same effect on testosterone. As cortisol increases testosterone decreases.

This is exactly why many elite athletes are beginning to stay away from meals up to 2 hours after their workouts.

 

By waiting to eat for 1-2 hours after your workouts you get a larger benefit from the extra testosterone and growth hormones that get secreted from lifting heavy weights.

Studies have even proven that 24 hour fasts can increase growth hormones by 2000%. Therefore by eating directly after your workouts you're not getting the full benefits of testosterone and growth hormone increases.

 

If you truly want to maximize muscle growth, take your protein shake 30 minutes before your workout. This will increase protein synthesis. Then wait for 1-2 hours after the workout to eat again.

This will increase your gains by a much bigger percentage. Therefore next time you workout, remember what chemicals are being excreted in your body and stay away from eating in order to use them to your advantage. You need to give your body time to use the chemicals for muscle growth. By eating too soon, you cut these vital increases short and only get a small amount of the potential benefits.