Workout Labs
LOGIN Upgrade to PRO
Average Rating: 4.7
Votes: 287
Reviews: 287

How soon after a strength training workout should I eat?

And what kinds of foods are best for the first post-workout meal?

How soon after a strength training workout should I eat? Visit to find out!

Studies suggest that the sooner your post workout meal, the better.

It is debatable but it is believed that the "window of opportunity" is 30-60 minutes after your workout. As a rule of thumb, try and have your post-workout meal directly after your workout. If that’s too soon, that’s okay. Just try to have your meal before that 60-minute window has closed. 

As for a balanced post workout meal, a whey protein shake with fruit would be a great choice for it’s convenience and the speed of which the nutrients can be absorbed by the body.

Fast digesting carbohydrates and proteins are optimal for this time. If solid foods are preferred or a quick shake isn't available, then healthy food choices are a great way to go. Immediately after the challenging workout, the body is in recovery mode. This is an optimal time to replenish your body’s glucose levels by eating healthy carbohydrates. Protein is needed for building and repairing muscle as well as red blood cells, hair, and other tissues.

DISCLAIMER: This site offers health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Disabled while we catch upAsk your question free Browse more answers
Answered by our Fitness Expert
Tyree Simmons Personal Trainer
How soon after a strength training workout should I eat?
Shop workout supplements from Legion
Get results faster with supplements that work from Legion Athletics - the only brand we use and trust.

More Simple Fitness

Available with your
WORKOUT PRO membership
Learn More