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The Truth About Post-Workout Nutrition

As far back as I can remember, I have been working out on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning.

I’ve competed in numerous bodybuilding shows doing this and to the shock and awe of the ‘experts’, I never lost muscle nor became weaker.

I can only speak from my experience and the experience of a number of clients, but the need to have a ‘recovery’ meal or shake right after the workout is way overblown.

The picture above is my first meal of the day from yesterday, around noon. I worked out at 6AM and it was a brutal workout at that (30 minutes but left me gasping for air for the next hour, how’s that for efficiency?).

Recovery is very important and nutrition is a HUGE piece of that. Yet, the post workout ‘recovery window’ that so many supplement companies push and nearly ALL of the bodybuilding world talks about is false in my opinion.

Let me clarify: there is a post workout recovery window, but as I heard one of the top nutrition experts in the world say 10 years ago at a seminar- that window doesn’t close until you put something into it.

I, myself, am a huge proponent of intermittent fasting. Some days I even do a 24-hour fast. Despite doing this for the past 3.5 years, in this past year alone I managed to put on 10+ pounds of solid muscle.

And I hit some personal strength records. If what they say were true, I’d have wasted away by now.

Don’t believe everything you read. Simplicity is usually the most effective path.

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