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Calorie Intake on Strength Training Days

Increasing caloric intake on training days in the gym are important for several reasons:


1. Energy expenditure:


During exercise, your body burns calories as fuel to support physical activity. The more intense and prolonged the workout, the more calories you burn. By increasing your caloric intake on training days, you ensure that your body has enough energy to perform optimally during your workouts.


2. Muscle building and repair:


Resistance training and other forms of exercise create micro-tears in your muscle fibers. These tears need to be repaired and rebuilt to stimulate muscle growth and strength. Adequate caloric intake, specifically from protein, is necessary to provide the building blocks (amino acids) required for muscle repair and growth. Increasing your caloric intake on training days supports the muscle-building process.


3. Recovery and replenishment:


Intense workouts deplete glycogen stores in your muscles, which are your body's primary source of energy during exercise. By increasing your caloric intake on training days, you provide your body with the carbohydrates it needs to replenish glycogen stores and facilitate faster recovery. This helps reduce muscle soreness, fatigue, and promotes better overall recovery between workouts.


4. Metabolic rate:


Regular exercise, especially strength training, can increase your metabolic rate, meaning you burn more calories at rest. By increasing your caloric intake on training days, you support your increased metabolic demands and ensure that your body has enough energy to maintain its functions and support muscle growth.


It's important to note that the increase in caloric intake on training days should be proportionate to your energy expenditure and fitness goals.


Reference/Sources:

Chaton AI, Inspired

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