Will we hurt our body if we eat lunch/dinner after a workout (3-5 minutes after a workout to be exact)?

If it will, how long must we wait before we can start having lunch/dinner after a workout?

  • Nah - What do you think our ancestors did after they finally caught that boar they were chasing? Aug 25 '11 at 19:42

Check out the last paragraph to my answer to this question.

And I would absolutely recommend fueling with 20 minutes AFTER running. This is the time that your body will be best at absorbing fuel to help you recover and rebuild your glycogen stores. A recovery meal/shake/drink should be somewhere around 200-300 calories depending on body size and duration of exercise with about 20g of protein. The vendor's I mentioned above also have some quite good products for recovery.

You SHOULD be eating immediately after a workout. The first 20 minutes after a work out are crucial in recovery.

  • could you simply add that paragraph to this answer as well? Saves a lot of people clicking through :)
    – Ivo Flipse
    Aug 25 '11 at 14:29
  • like that? good point. Aug 25 '11 at 17:33
  • I would add that it can be very helpful to combine the protein with something that will help carry it to the muscles faster, like sugar or another food with a high-glycemic index. Aug 25 '11 at 19:43
  • btw, how many minutes should we be waiting before we drink, or is it the same as eating (in that we can do that immediately after any workout)
    – Pacerier
    Aug 26 '11 at 0:51
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    I think drinking is fine, in fact you can drink (not too much of course) during your workout to prevent dehydration. Aug 26 '11 at 1:38

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