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    I understand the idea behind using carbohydrates to fuel workouts, what I don't understand, however, is the necessity of restoring glycogen with carbohydrates post workout. If I plan on having a relaxed evening after a long hard workout, then why bother restoring the glycogen in a hurry?

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    I think you just answered your own question...

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      Muscles take up glucose much more readily after activity. That helps them fuel the next workout.
      F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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        yes but what if I am not in need of more glucose untill the day after? Wouldn't it be the same to let the glycogen restore at a slower rate as long as I was fueled for my next workout?

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          I don't use glucose to fuel workouts and find I do fine working out in a fasted state (up to 18 hrs without carbs) - however, eating glucose post-work-out works wonders for me.
          F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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            Originally posted by bdub92 View Post
            I understand the idea behind using carbohydrates to fuel workouts, what I don't understand, however, is the necessity of restoring glycogen with carbohydrates post workout. If I plan on having a relaxed evening after a long hard workout, then why bother restoring the glycogen in a hurry?
            Because if you don't your body is stressed to use fat. It's good if you want to lose fat, not good if you want to gain muscle.

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