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Don’t be a sore loser

Hello Equinox Roadrunners!

Ever had such sore quads and glutes that you couldn’t stand up from a chair (or toilet!) without wincing in agony? Muscle soreness is a sign of your exercise ambition, but it can also be a sign that you didn’t eat enough carbohydrate and protein SOON ENOUGH after your last workout.

Remember the golden rule of recovery eating: The sooner the better.

Your muscle cells are like sponges, soaking up every bit of sugar and protein from your bloodstream, up until about an hour after a tough workout. This is your window of opportunity to help them recover faster and stronger, to avoid excess soreness, and to eat without concern that it will turn to fat. But it only lasts an hour.

The biggest mistake I see exercisers make is to undereat at this time. If you are trying to lose weight, it is tempting to do this, especially because a tough workout suppresses your appetite. Take my word for it: You need to eat more right after Gene kicks you rear, and then eat less at nighttime. That’s the way to lose weight AND recover from your training session.

OK, have a good week! Feel free to send your questions my way.

Jill

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