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2013-06-30 1:53 PM

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Subject: Is watermelon a good post workout food/drink?
In hot days like this, all I want is a giant cold watermelon after workout.
I actually use it as a motivation toward the end of the workout.

Is it good or just so so?


2013-06-30 2:56 PM
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Subject: RE: Is watermelon a good post workout food/drink?

It's good for hydration and some vitamins (mostly vit A & vit C), but doesn't provide much protein, so IMO, it's a start, but it would be best to supplement it with a source of protein.

 

2013-06-30 3:04 PM
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Subject: RE: Is watermelon a good post workout food/drink?
Funny, I was just doing some yard work and as I came back in the house all I could think of was cold watermelon (which thankfully I had).  I've had it served as a treat on mountain bike races and it is the bomb.  But as Don said, it's just a treat, good for hydration, not too much else in terms of recover
2013-06-30 9:14 PM
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Subject: RE: Is watermelon a good post workout food/drink?
I like to cut up some watermelon then stick it in the freezer while I shower

Like the others have said, I wouldn't consider it a post-workout meal... but it is a very healthy snack. After a workout, I like to slam a protein shake and two glasses of chocolate, then make a meal out of watermelon and pineapple.
2013-07-01 8:38 AM
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Subject: RE: Is watermelon a good post workout food/drink?
You meant chocolate milk?
I like your post workout meal!!!!
2013-07-01 1:38 PM
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Subject: RE: Is watermelon a good post workout food/drink?
If it satisfies you and like it, then it's fine. Studies show that protein is good for recovery from hard efforts. If you're doing the kind of long, hard effort that will leave you pretty sore the next day then protein may help you recover or avoid losing muscle tissue. If you're doing an easy, mid-week workout that's more aerobic with light intensity then recovery nutrition is not needed, though a slight replenishment of carbs can help you get through the rest of the day.

Too many people pack themselves with calories before, during, or after workouts when it's not required. They do it because they read an article or saw a commercial or saw on 'the internets' that it will help them recover. Then they wonder why they can never lose weight. Listen to your body and learn what it needs.


2013-07-01 2:38 PM
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Subject: RE: Is watermelon a good post workout food/drink?
Not if you developed an allergy to it like I did.
2013-07-01 4:06 PM
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Thank you everyone for your advice!!
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