Post-workout beer….?

Post-workout beer….?

Post-workout beer….?

Nancy, I work hard, train hard, and want to enjoy a post workout beer. Can I enjoy it guilt-free?

Answer: I am not concerned about a post-workout beer (or two), as long as you consume them responsibly. That means:

–First drink some water to quench your thirst and replace sweat losses. (Beer has a dehydrating effect.)
–Consume some carbohydrates with the beer (pretzels?) to refuel depleted muscles. (Beer is a poor source of carbohydrates: only 50 calories of carbs but 100 calories of alcohol per can of beer)
–Consume a balanced meal either with, or soon after, drinking the beer (to buffer the alcohol and to offer protein to repair the muscles).

While I have few concerns about your enjoying one post-workout beer alongside a wholesome sports meal, I do not recommend you drink beer for your post-workout meal! Moderation is always the best policy.

Drink wisely, fuel your body well, and win with good nutrition.

Written by Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD is an internationally respected sports nutritionist, weight coach, nutrition author, and workshop leader. She is a registered dietitian (RD) who is a board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She is also a certified WellCoach. Nancy specializes in nutrition for performance, life-long health, and the nutritional management of eating disorders. She counsels both casual exercisers and competitive athletes in her private practice in the Boston area (Newton, MA). Some of her clients consider her to be their food coach, others their food therapist. Regardless, she enjoys the challenge of helping sports-active people transform their suboptimal eating habits into effective fueling plans. Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, a best-selling resource, has sold over 550,000 copies and is now in it's new fifth edition.

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