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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Melnyk

Fast food after a workout

Updated: Mar 20, 2021

Bumped into the interesting research - «Postexercise Glycogen Recovery and Exercise Performance is Not Significantly Different Between Fast Food and Sports Supplements». Fast food is often associated with an inappropriate diet for workouts. Pizza after hard training can be treated as the product vanishing your results.  

In the study above was compared the effect of isoenergetic drinks an fast food on the glycogen renewal. There were 11 male participants, 90-minutes bicycle race and 4 hours of rest. All participants received the daily dose of macronutrients (1.54 ± 0.27 gr/kg of carbs, 0.24 ± 0.04 gr/kg of fats and 0.18 ±0.03 gr/kg of proteins)  in the form of sports nutrition or fast food.

Then muscle biopsy and measurements were performed. There was NO DIFFERENCE in the glycogen renewal and NO insulin spike.

It’s one more plus for the meaning that there no difference “good” protein or “bad” to consume. For fats and carbs, this formula works the same.

However, it doesn’t contradict the fact that on the fast food it’s much harder to maintain the needed calorage. Especially for beginners.

But good news - pizza after the workout is officially approved. Don’t forget include in your meal plan! :)

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