Like most things in life, you tend to get best results when you keep things as simple as possible. When it comes to building a better body that rule is certainly true.
If you have been using the gym for a while this is probably a phenomenon you have already heard about. Rumor has it there is a golden window after your training session where your body is able to make the absolute most of the food you provide it with. There are probably a few questions you’d like to ask about this, most notably:
* What length of time does the window stay open for?
* Are some foods superior to others after a workout?
* What is the reason this actually exists?
* What happens if you don’t make use of the golden nutrition window?
We’ll be discussing all of the questions above. The magic window is something which occurs after you complete an exercise session. Basically your body is trying to replace all of the nutrients it has just lost.
It’s crying out for food and because of this desperation it will literally gobble up anything you provide it with. The post-workout window is as simple as that, really. The trick is to learn how to provide it with the right type of nutrition to push your results even higher.
The magic muscle building window closes after just forty five minutes so we want to be trying to provide it with all the nutrition it needs within that time.
Using your own common sense you’ll be able to now see that it wouldn’t make be a great idea to start eating a source of complex carbohydrates because the window will have slammed shut before your body was able to break the food down…
Try combining some whey protein with a bowl of cereal or some fruits in your post-workout meal. Despite being a very light meal, it’s packed full of the nutrients your body is calling our for after a gym session and, most importantly, we are able to break down these meals and process them well before the window closes.
These provide your body with instant energy, which it’s craving after you put it through the mill at the gym. It will do it’s best to use absolutely everything you provide it with during this time, hence the term ‘golden window’, but the possibilities are magnificent if you focus on only providing it with healthy, nutritious food in the first place.
If you miss the window you probably won’t realize it. It doesn’t mean your workout was for nothing, it just means it could have been slightly better overall. People have been training for years now and still have no idea this even exists, so it’s not going to be the end of the world by any means.
For those who wish to know how to build muscle or even how to lose weight the post-workout window will become their best friend. It’s an integral part of a good training routine and over time you will notice huge results from this proven method.