How To Have Your Cake And Eat It Too
The science behind the benefits of post workout simple carbohydrate intake is exhaustive. Eating simple carbs, like a delicious cupcake (not parsley), immediately after a workout is ideal as it plays a role in reversing the catabolic effect training has and helps to rebuild muscle.
Simple carbs are eaten post workout to strategically stimulate an insulin spike counteracting the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is catabolic (muscle wasting) and is elevated during and after a training session, which is why it is so important to eat within 30 minutes of training to shift into an anabolic (muscle building) state. We also know that your muscle insulin sensitivity post workout is the highest it will be all day.
95% of the time a quick release of these ingested sugars is not what you want except after a hard workout where it’s more likely that the food you eat will be used for muscle repair and not adding to fat cells. In addition to reversing the muscle loss associated with a training session and improving the post workout insulin sensitivity, post workout sugars like a cupcake, help top up your muscle energy stores (glycogen).
Not only that, but from a purely psychological benefit I believe it helps you to have something to look forward to after a hard training session, keeping you honest and on point with your diet for the rest of the day. Knowing that you get to have your cake and eat it too might be just the thing you’ve been missing so take advantage of our summer “Cupcake Workout” promotion right now!