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10/19/10 3:19 P

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I guess if you wanted to cook up a flank steak after working out.... Me? A scoop of protein powder in milk will do it.... 'cause I'm lazy!

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10/19/10 1:40 P

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GNG?....

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10/19/10 12:11 P

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Flank steak is a good call KJ, just make sure you have it with some beer to avoid GNG. ;)

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Like a good hunk o' FLANK STEAK?
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10/18/10 6:30 P

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Yes, ArmSports, Should have mentioned that a good source of protein would also be a great addition to her post-workout meal. Greek yogurt has some, but a little more sure wouldn't hurt.

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10/18/10 11:16 A

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These replies are spot on as usual (great knowledge in this forum!). Protein and carbs post workout is the way to go. A simplistic, though reasonably accurate, analogy is to think of your muscles as a sponge soaking up nutrients the first few hours after a hard workout.

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10/17/10 12:26 P

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10/15/10 9:54 P

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Thank you both for the reassurance. Glad to see that I'm not doing anything wrong by eating carbs in the evening, after a workout.
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10/15/10 8:39 P

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I've actually seen Ruben Sandoval (FLEXCHEF in my friend), a sports nutritionist, comment on this very subject here on the boards. He explained that yes, the "don't eat carbs before bed" rule applies EXCEPT for when you exercise in the PM. In that case, your muscles are in a prime position to absorb the glycogen, so eating the carbs after the workout is still a good idea.

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10/15/10 6:10 P

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I think generally the whole idea of lowering carbs before bedtime is because people are usually winding down and relaxing. Maybe sitting in the recliner and catching up on a book before heading up to bed. If this is your nightly routine, your metabolism would most likely follow suit. I've read that when your metabolism is low, carbs will be convert to glucose and if your muscles already have enough stored up, it will find a place to be stored... i.e. as fat.

I have also read the 30-45 minutes after intense exercise is the best time to refuel your muscles that have just been drained of their glucose stores.

So it is my opinion that shortly after your exercise, some carbs are actually beneficial. Of course I'm not thinking Olive Garden all you can eat, but a moderate serving should be fine.

Then I assume you start your wind down routine a couple of hours later. (I know I sure can't get relaxed and unwound real soon after working out.) Then it would make sense to me to curb the carbs. If you are looking for a snack before the lights go out, try a slow digesting protein. Casein protein is one of the slowest digesting and is perfect for at night since it takes around 6-8 hours to digest.
Cottage cheese is one of the easiest sources of Casein. They also make Casein powder, but some people would rather just eat a normal "whole food".

Hope this helps.

Right now, someone with a whole lot less is doing a whole lot more.
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10/15/10 3:55 P

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I've heard of authors (ex. Jackie Warner, Jillian Michaels) say to avoid carbs before bed time, but I also hear that it's a great way to fuel your muscles. And unfortunately, the only time I have to workout is in the evenings after work. My post workout nutrition usually consists of mixed berries with organic greek yogurt and ground flaxseed. And since it's in the evenings after my workouts, it falls in the time window of "before bed time". So is this a big "no" for those who want to lose fat and gain muscle?

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