After a grueling workout, you might find yourself becoming one of two people. First, there are the people who want to go home and eat everything in sight. On the other hand, some people are too exhausted to even fathom the idea of putting any food in their stomachs. While you might falls into one of these categories, many people do not understand the importance of a post-workout meal. The popular post-workout meal includes a healthy dosage of protein, and with good reason; research shows protein within 30-60 minutes post-workout allows the muscles to recover. Without the proper amount of protein in a post-workout meal (and in your everyday diet), your muscles can go from needing 48 hours to properly recover from a workout to taking 72 hours or more before working the same muscle group without doing any damage. Secondly, don’t let the myth of the effectiveness of a low-carb diet prevent you from treating your body to some carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are a main energy source for your body, and taking in carbs 30-60 minutes after your workout can replenish your body’s energy and assist in getting rid of that post-workout exhaustion. Here is a website with a few ideas on post-workout meals that are mostly simple and not time consuming. Get the most out of your workout; don’t punish your body by not having that all important post-workout meal!