Ice Cream After a Workout?

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After you finish working out, your body needs two things: carbs and protein.  You probably know the protein part, but why the carbs?   After a workout, you need to restore glycogen back in your muscles.  If you don’t, muscle might be used to restore the glycogen which is a horrible result.

Another important aspect to your post workout meal isn’t just what you eat – it’s when you eat it.  You need to feed your muscles as soon as possible.  Ideally, this would come within 30 minutes or sooner.  The reason for the hurry is that remember food isn’t absorbed by your body immediately after eating – it takes time.

Thus, for protein, shakes are the best form because they absorb quickly and definitely beat any solid foods in a race.  Similarly, you want simple and not complex carbs for fast absorption.  Although there are many options, you can definitely bring ice cream into the mix and feel ok about doing it for the sake of your workout.

One recommendation is to put vanilla ice cream in your protein shake for a rich, creamy chocolate/vanilla ultimate protein and carb shake.

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  • Leland Martin

    I did some experimenting. I made some homemade ice cream, with strawberries and blueberries and sweetened with honey (with heavy whipping cream and half and half).

    Also, I made some homemade oatmeal cookies, with raisins, sweetened with honey, and I replaced the white flour with wheat flour.

    Today I had a scoop of the ice cream and a half of a cookie right after my 20 minutes of lifting and 20 minutes of cardio.

    How does this sound for a post-work out snack/meal immediately afterward?

    Currently, I’ve gone on a stricter workout plan. I started cardio on an empty stomach with L-Glutamine, or cardio immediately after lifting. I eat 5-6 meals a day, very little carbs, good fats from fish oil, olive oil, and protein (lean meats), and green vegetables throughout the day, with vitamin c fruit and almonds as snacks. No sugar, except Agave sweetener with my one cup of coffee and my herbal to get to sleep

    In two weeks I’ve gained 3 lbs of muscle, and lost belly fat. I’m 5’7″ and went from 145lbs to 148-149. My waist was 32″ now it 31.5″

    I never considered sugar and carbs right after a work out. I only have protein right after a work out then about an hour later I have dinner (lean meat and green vegetables).

    I’m seeing more refined muscles, but do you think this sugar and carb rush will help my muscle results after a workout?

  • kris

    I think you’re doing great. The only two things I would do differently are the cookie (harder to digest) and cardio on an empty stomach. Cardio on an empty stomach will help you lose weight for sure but is counteractive to building strength. Keep going in your direction and experimenting and trying different things. Everyone is different so when you find something working, milk it. The gold is when you make alterations that help you even more.

    Great job Leland. I think you’re going to be in absolutely fantastic shape, if you aren’t already.

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