The Athlete's FoodCoach Premium blog: What do I eat after my cycling workout?

The Athlete's FoodCoach Premium blog: What do I eat after my cycling workout?

Focus mainly on carbohydrates and protein in the meal after your workout. Adjust your carbohydrate and protein intake to your individual needs for best results.

Why should I eat after my workout?

1. Replenish energy stores: Depending on the duration and intensity of your workout, your glycogen stores will be partially or completely depleted. Replenishing glycogen stores is essential to fully recover and be ready for the next (intense) workout, where carbohydrates are an important fuel.

2. Supporting muscle recovery: Cycling can cause small tears in muscles, which is normal after exercise. Proteins provide the building blocks needed to repair these tears and make muscles stronger than before.

3. Endurance adaptations: Cycling is not only about building stronger muscles, but also about improving our overall fitness and endurance. Proteins play a crucial role here, not only in muscle growth. Consuming protein after cycling contributes to the production of new proteins needed for various adaptations to your training, such as improved endurance and overall progress.

4. Reducing post-workout fatigue and muscle soreness: Carbohydrates and proteins work together to promote recovery. By eating a well-balanced meal after your workout, you are likely to get both carbohydrates and protein. This combination can help reduce post-workout fatigue and muscle soreness, leaving you ready for your next ride.

How do I get my post-workout meal right?

It is important to tailor your post-workout meal to your needs, how active you are and what you like and can tolerate well for best results. A balanced meal with both enough carbs and protein can help replenish your energy, repair your muscles, improve your stamina and reduce fatigue. The FoodCoach App helps you focus daily and turn your personal needs for carbohydrates and proteins into practical nutrition and meals!

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- Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are a macronutrient that come in various forms, including sugars, starches and dietary fibre, and serve primarily to provide energy to the body.

- Proteins: Proteins are essential macronutrients that serve as building blocks for the body, including muscles, organs and cells.

- Amino acids: Amino acids are the fundamental building blocks of proteins and play a crucial role in various biological processes, such as building and repairing tissues.

- Glycogen: Glycogen is the body's stored form of carbohydrates, which acts as a readily available source of energy during periods of high energy demand, such as during intense physical activity.

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