What to eat after exercising


Q: Why do you always hear that it is better to eat protein than carbohydrates after you exercise? — Geraldo F., Miami

A: Most folks want to help their body build muscle since increased muscle mass helps improve endurance, balance, and weight and glucose control, plus it helps you achieve a younger RealAge. Protein does that. However, eating unprocessed grains or other plant-based carbs after a prolonged workout replenishes glycogen that your body uses for fuel and the carbs work with the proteins you eat to fire up muscle tissue repair. In short, it takes both carbs and protein to improve your overall muscle tone and health.

Experts advise eating carbs within 15 minutes to two hours of stopping your routine. Mango, watermelon and blueberries are particularly good glycogen-replenishing carbs. Protein can be consumed within four hours after stopping your workout. Make sure it’s lean, quality protein from low-mercury, non-fried fish and plants. You also want to rehydrate effectively.

(c)2020 Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.


Q: I’m worried about my husband — he’s getting more and more grumpy and unhappy the longer this coronavirus mess goes on. What can I do to help? — Ginger R., Cleveland

A: That’s a major issue for many guys and one that the Cleveland Clinic, right in your backyard, has been looking at. Their National MENtion campaign (started originally because the docs noticed how hard it is for guys to talk about their physical and mental challenges) has turned its attention recently to how COVID-19 has affected men’s outlook on health and how they’re coping with all the changes in daily life.

An online survey of around 1,000 adult males found 77% say the pandemic has increased their stress level and 45% say their emotional/mental health has declined. In addition, half of the men have put off seeing a doctor over the past few months, while at the same time 40% say they’re struggling to stay healthy and 24% report weight gain.

The MENtion campaign suggests you can help your husband open up about how he is feeling — and get the medical attention he may need — with the following techniques.

— Make it easier for your husband to see and talk with his doctor about health issues. Schedule virtual visits; ask the doctor for appointments outside of work hours; and find local health-screening opportunities such as the Clinics “express care online.” Check with your local medical centers to see what’s available.

— Suggest talk therapy online. If it helped super-athlete Michael Phelps, it may be worth a try.

— Encourage opening up by asking questions — one at a time — about how he’s feeling and what he’s thinking. As the Clinic’s Dr. Eric Klein, chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, says, “It’s time to get rid of the stigma that a man isn’t allowed to show weakness by admitting something might be wrong — it could save his life.”



       Our basic post-workout nutrition plan includes foods that combine quality proteins and carbs: Try peanut butter on whole grain crackers or black beans with brown rice. Enjoy smoothies made with fruit and dark leafy greens, yogurt and pulpy fruit juices. And remember to avoid bars, foods and drinks loaded with added sugars — they never do folks who’ve done moderate exercise (with occasional bouts of high intensity) any favors.


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       Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus at Cleveland Clinic. Email your health and wellness questions to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen at [email protected])

       Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.







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