Post-Exercise Nutrition Guidelines

Published:  06/11/2013

Post-exercise nutrition is essential for optimization of recovery, muscle building, glycogen replacement, and fluid and electrolyte replacement. Here are the main recommendations from the top experts in nutrition science.

1-1.2 g/kg/hr grams of carbs/kg body weight during first four hours and then resume normal eating.

16-24 oz. of water or sports drink for every pound of body weight lost during exercise.

Based on extent of sweat loss (If sweat water and electrolytes are not replaced, then the person will dehydrate)

Ratio of about 3:1 or 4:1 carbohydrate to protein


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Categories:   Fitness  Nutrition 

Tags:   #exercise

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