A great, calorie-burning workout can do wonders for your physique, but it doesn’t mean you go to the nearest Mcdonald's once you’re done. If you’re serious about building your muscle and losing fat, you have to watch what you eat post your workout. After an exhausting workout, the body craves for a good meal and you feel like you deserve it because you worked so hard but the wrong food intake with inappropriate ingredients can ruin all that hard work. It not only does negate the efforts of your hard training but it also harmful for the body.
It’s important to replenish calories and nutrients with the right combination of protein and carbs and limit calories that come from unhealthy foods which are filled with fat and sugar.
The chances of you achieving your fitness and weight loss goals are much higher if you avoid eating these types of food items after putting your body through that intense session of exercise.
It might seem surprising that raw vegetables are a big no after a workout. Carrots, celery bell peppers, and broccoli are great healthy, low-fat snack, but as a post-workout recovery food, not that great. These are minimal calorie foods and aren’t substantial enough to help you restore energy and maintain a good metabolic rate. Make them more substantial and healthy by combining them with protein-packed dips like yogurt dip, nut butter or hummus. Avoid fatty cream dips.
There might be a Burger King next to the gym that calls you and you crave for it every time you pass by, but do whatever you can to stay away. While you may crave salt after working out, fast food options are horrible and will not be good at replenishing your body. You’ll be consuming trans fats and undoing your entire workout.
This must come across as rather strange since energy bars are supposed to give you, well, energy? Not so much. These may have a lot of protein, which is seemingly great for repairing and building your muscles post-workout, but in reality, most of the bars on the market are mostly sugar and nutritionally nothing more than a candy bar. Energy bars mostly contain refined white sugar and high fructose corn syrup, making them harmful for your blood sugar. Get your protein from food source like eggs and avoid the processed packaged bars.
These are classically advertised as the perfect hydration replenishment post workout because of their electrolytes but do not get fooled. The high sugar content in sports drinks makes them absolutely unnecessary and harmful post workout when your body doesn’t need the extra glucose running through your bloodstream. Instead, reach for coconut water or a healthy smoothie. A sports drink will just cause your blood sugar to rise violently when it is not required and would be in turn harmful.
Spicy food items are hard to digest, and you’ll want to stay away from these choices. Your body just accomplished a major workout session and is in a state of repair. It needs food that is easy to digest, a little protein, a little sugar to bring your sugar levels back to an even keel, and mostly carbohydrates to replenish your energy levels.
Be cautious about what you eat!