We’re constantly surrounded by deceiving health and fitness fads, so it’s probably no surprise that we don’t always understand how nutrition affects our exercise regimes. Magazines, TV, and the online world bombards us with misleading tips, which in turn, impacts on our ability to achieve the ultimate shredded physique.
To clear the air, Vega has debunked post-workout myths to help exercise lovers make informed decisions. The following four nutritional fables and facts will help you take your training sessions to the next level.
Myth: You need whey protein post-workout
Consuming whey as your only protein option is just one piece of the nutritional puzzle. You’ll get tired of this option, fast. Save the curls for the gym and put down that massive tub of whey protein. It’s time you look at other options.
There’s a world of protein options out there. Plant-based protein contains the amino acids you need to build and repair muscle. They can also be more clean and sustainable from growth to production than animal protein. At Vega, clean means plant-based, gluten-free protein that’s made without dairy or soy ingredients. This option also skips any artificial flavours, colours, or sweeteners.
Swap up your usual protein sources with the pea, pumpkin seed, organic sunflower seed, and alfalfa found in Vega Sport Performance Protein. You’ll get 30 grams of protein and six grams of BCAAs.
Myth: Water is all you need to stay hydrated
Sometimes water alone isn’t enough. When you work up a sweat you lose more than water. Sweat is made up of H20 and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium.
Rehydrating 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 and top up your fluids post-workout. To add additional electrolytes like sodium and potassium, just sip on Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator.
Myth: Cutting Calories Is Necessary
You want to make strength gains, modify your body composition or just be ready for whatever life throws at you. Whatever your goal is, starving your muscles and depleting your energy post-workout by not eating enough isn’t going to get you there.
Your body needs fuel for energy, strength, and repair during recovery.
Keep it real. Get your macros (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) from whole foods to give your body the nourishment it needs. Honour your hunger and make sure you’re consuming enough throughout the day. Not sure exactly what that looks like? Talk with a registered dietitian or nutritionist who specializes in sports nutrition to determine your nutritional needs.
After your workout, try sipping on a mocha protein shake like this one:
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup cold brewed coffee
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 scoop Chocolate Vega Sport Performance Protein
- Handful of ice
- Optional: 1 tsp coconut oil
Blend, sip, recover, and chill.
Myth: You can eat what you want as long as you work out
YOLO, right? Wrong. Just because you hit the gym hard doesn’t mean you can eat and drink whatever and whenever you want. The truth is you can’t out squat or outrun a poor diet – there’s a balance at play here. Just like not eating enough can hinder your success, so can overindulging. The gym is not an excuse to eat whatever you want.
Your diet can play a role in how quickly you’ll reach your workout goals.
Focus your diet around nutrient dense foods and get more (clean protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals) for fewer calories. Eat a balance of clean protein (like lentils and beans), healthy fats (olive oil and coconut oil), and fiber (hello veggies, whole grains and fruit).
Now that you’ve discovered the truth, it’s time to get out there, get your fitness on, and elevate your post-workout game. Show us how you fuel your better and join the conversation on Vega’s Instagram, @VegaFueled.
This article was written by Bridgette Clare, nutritionist and instructor at Spin Society.
As a Vega nutritionist and an indoor cycling instructor, Bridgette Clare ensures that people are heard and encouraged to be their best self. She attended CSNN where she graduated as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and went on to be a Product Specialist. Now she’s the Customer Experience Team Lead at Vega.