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5 Worst Post-Workout Nutrition Mistakes

By Bridgette Clare, RHN on April 1, 2016, categorized in Active Living, Health

5 Worst Post-Workout Nutrition Mistakes

Have you committed one of these post-workout nutrition mistakes? Take your workout gains way up by avoiding these classic errors.

  1. Hydration

Own It: You’re not drinking enough

You went hard in your workout; you left a puddle of sweat on the floor and are currently wringing out your shirt like you ran through a sprinkler on the 4th of July. In that sweat you lose more than water. Sweat is made up of water and electrolytes like sodium, potassium, chloride and magnesium.

Elevate It: Get hydrated

Re-hydrating after your workout is crucial to recovery and sometimes water alone isn’t enough. You also need to replenish electrolytes, which play a role in everything from muscle function to heart efficiency.

Take small sips of water all day long, top up your fluids post-workout and start your workout with Vega Sport Premium Energizer. In addition to fueling your workout, Energizer provides electrolytes sodium and potassium.

  1. Whey vs. Plant-Based Protein

Own It: You’ve been using the same protein powder for years.

We all like to stick with what we know, but don’t be afraid to branch out and consider your options.

Elevate It: Vary your protein

There’s a world of protein options out there. We love plant-based protein because it has what you’re looking for – the amino acids you need to help build and repair muscles. In addition, plant-based protein can be more sustainable from growth to production than animal protein. At Vega, clean means plant-based gluten-free, made without dairy or soy ingredients, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

Meet your new protein bullpen:

  • Pea protein: Lactose-free, pea protein has sodium, helping to replenish what you left on the floor.
  • Hemp protein: With its complete amino acid profile, hemp protein has all of the essential amino acids you need to get from your diet. This includes BCAAs (branched chain amino acids), which can help your body recover.

Get these proteins and in every scoop with Vega Sport Premium Protein, packed with 30g protein and 5g BCAAs in every scoop.

  1. Out of Fuel

Own It: You’re not eating enough

You want to make strength gains, change your body composition or just be ready for whatever life throws at you. Whatever your goal, don’t starve your muscles and deplete your energy by not eating enough.

Elevate It: Fuel the right way

Your body needs fuel for energy, strength and repair during post-exercise recovery. Keep it real, get your macros (protein, fat, carbohydrates) from whole foods and give your body the nourishment it needs. Honor your hunger and make sure you are consuming enough throughout the day. Not sure exactly what that looks like? Talk with a registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition to determine your nutritional needs.

  1. Takeout Habit

Own It: You waited too long to eat

Takeout, pizza, whatever your go-to choice is, if you wait too long to eat you’re more inclined to make poor decisions when you’re starving later.

Elevate It: Eat within 20 minutes

Ignoring your hunger post-workout is like ignoring the flat on your bike. Sure, you can ride (or go without eating) for a while but it’ll catch up with you. Just like you don’t want to walk your bike, you want to avoid dialing up that takeout hotline and eating something that’s doesn’t support your goals. Within 20 minutes post-workout, look for easy-to-digest carbs paired with protein (think fruit with a few nuts) to help replenish muscle glycogen faster than carbs alone.

  1. Overindulging

Own It: You use the gym as excuse to eat anything you want

Just because you hit the gym, hard, doesn’t mean you can eat and drink whatever, whenever, because the truth is you can’t out squat or out run a poor diet.

Elevate It: Eat nutrient dense foods

Your diet plays a role in how quickly you’ll reach your workout goals. Focus your diet around nutrient dense foods (clean protein, fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals) for fewer calories. Eat a balance of clean protein (like lentils and beans), fats (see: olive oil and avocado), fiber (hello veggies, whole grains and fruit) to be ready for whatever life throws at you.

Finish your workouts strong by dialing in your post-workout nutrition.

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