My friend and I were having an argument where he was saying that you can pretty much eat any food after working out and even if its unhealthy, there is a window of time where your body is looking to replenish itself. This article seems to agree with me but is there any truth to this comment?
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I'd say there is no truth to the statement that you can eat ANYTHING just because you just finished a workout. I mean no one is going to suggest that a tub of lard is ok as long as you worked out, right?
Now what your friend probably heard, and misinterpreted, is that after a hard workout where you have depleted your muscle's glycogen stores, they are best able to replenish them in the 30-60 minutes after. Many endurance runners swear by a glass of chocolate milk at the end of a run, as the ratio of protein to carbs is just about optimal to replenish glycogen stores, possibly increasing the amount of glycogen stored, thereby increasing endurance in future workouts.