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Great tips, I sometimes forget to eat breakfast after I work out. I know its a big no-no. Report
The links are still broken. Report
Please fix the links. I want to know how to calculate adequate protein particularly. Report
Thanks for the article.

An additional word of caution about iron, there is a disease condition (hemochromatosis) where a person's body stores too much iron and eventually the build-up becomes toxic. Interestingly, one of the possible symptoms is fatigue. The ferritin test recommended in the article should alert your doctor if this is an issue. Like the article says, do not take an iron supplement without first talking to your doctor. Report
I was very interested in the content of this article, but the links are broken :-( Report
Good article but most of the links are broken. Report
Tried to follow the links about determining protein needs, other nutrients for workouts, and recovery foods. NONE of the links worked. Report
I joined the YMCA in November. The bloodwork I had done at that time was normal. Then I started eating protein bars after working out. The bloodwork I just had done showed my liver and kidney functions nose-dived. The only thing different is the protein bars. So I am not eating any and repeating the bloodwork in 6 months to see if there is any improvement.
My advice is to eat a normal, well-balanced meal at all times--no short-cuts. Report
Oh, yeah, my weighing myself naked before and after a workout at my gym would be a sight to be seen! Not sure why one must be naked as long as you're wearing the same clothes, unless the clothes are particularly soaked in sweat...

As for the comments below about not eating after a workout, I suppose it's a personal thing. I usually take along a baked chicken breast and an orange, and this serves me well. As I do unilateral eccentric strength training, my muscles get a very hard workout, and both my trainer and I believe this is an important element of my workout. It would be different after a 30-minute stroll or for somebody who truly isn't hungry. Report
Please fix the links.
So agree with previous post. When you're under five feet all calories count. Report
For the most part I agree. However, unless you worked out on an empty stomach, having something to eat 30 minutes after lifting is splitting hairs at best and adding unnecessary calories for the overweight, at worse. The fact is that if you had protein and carbs before your workout, it's still digesting and supplying your muscles with the nutrients they need to grow after the workout. I've seen a trend towards people being more worried about what foods they should shove in their mouths after their workout than getting quality exercise during the workout. Exercise hard. If you are hungry or if you exercised on an empty stomach, eat something. Otherwise, don't sweat it. Forcing yourself to eat when you are not hungry is good for no one but the underweight. Report
Love the article, but the link to determine how much protein you need doesn't work! :( Report
Your links within the article don't work. Report

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