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Post Workout Carbs After Training Smaller Muscle Groups

Do you need less post workout carbs after an easy workout?

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering the following question: do you need less post workout carbs after training smaller muscle groups?

Before I share my quick thoughts, welcome back to another #TBT post from our #TBT Q&A series.

throwback thursday

These are questions from our old #LLTV Q&A series, filmed for our Live Lean TV YouTube channel back in 2012.

In these throwback Thursday posts, I combine what I said back in 2012, with my current thoughts on that answer.

Today’s post is about post workout carbohydrates

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In particular, should you be having the same amount of carbohydrates, if you are training smaller muscles groups, like a bicep workout or abs workout, compared to when you’re doing a leg workout.

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So that’s what we’re going to get into today.

Post workout carbs: do you always need them after your workout?

My answer today, is pretty much the same from 2012.

However, I’m going to give a little more clarification on certain points, so I can provide further context to my answer.

Here is today’s viewer question:

I have a question about post workout meals. If I did a workout that I didn’t feel as intense as usual, or I only worked smaller muscle groups, would it be better to have less carbs than I usually do? For example, I normally have a protein with a banana, plus two tablespoons of maple syrup. Would it be better to only have a banana in that case?

Great question, and I agree with the way you’re doing it.

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When you’re working big muscle groups, such as your legs, back, or chest, you’re using up a lot of the glycogen in your muscle cells.

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So you “need to fill those back up with carbohydrates, after your workout.

Ok, the usage of the word “need”, from my 2012 answer, is the one point that I want to put more context around.

Do you always NEED post workout carbohydrates?

I did another post on why carbs are required post workout OR ARE THEY? that goes a little more in-depth on this topic.

Why Carbs Are Required Post Workout...Or Are They?

But the answer to the question is, it really depends on your goals.

For example, if you have a muscle building goal, yes you should be having plenty of carbohydrates post workout.

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But if you’re overweight or obese, and your goal is quick fat loss, you’re going to need less carbohydrates.

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In some cases, you may not need any carbohydrates after your workout.

So it’s all about you and the context surrounding your specific goals.

Again, if muscle building is your goal, you can take a higher amounts of carbohydrates.

If you’re working smaller muscle groups, you’re not burning as much muscle glycogen.

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This means you can actually take in a little bit less carbohydrates than when you’re hitting those big muscle groups.

These smaller muscle groups include:

  • biceps
  • triceps
  • calves
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Lastly, you mentioned you have 2 tablespoons of maple syrup post workout.

Maple syrup is great source of post workout carbohydrates, so well done.

Earn your post workout carbs

Since you process more carbohydrates after training big muscle groups, hopefully this gives you a little more incentive to not skip leg day.

In other words, earn your post workout carbohydrates by crushing a tough leg workout, then enjoy.

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  • What carbohydrates do you add to your post-workout shake?

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