Is your post-workout meal making you fat?
If you don't eat right after exercising, you might as well not have exercised at all...
Any girl who's ever exercised knows the feeling: you've just completed a strenuous workout and almost immediately your stomach is growling with hunger. It makes sense - you've burned all that energy and your body needs to replace it.
Many girls, however, would opt out of a post-workout meal for fear of putting on the weight you just worked so hard to shed. But is this really doing you any good? It's obvious that a big fat burger or pizza is not the way to go after you've hit the gym, but there are definitely some are do's and don'ts that are less obvious than that. Find out how to prepare the perfect meal after your workout on the next page...
1. Don't starve yourself
Skipping a meal after exercise is actually the worst thing you can do! If your body is telling you it's hungry, it's because it needs food. Not only do you need to stock up on energy, but not providing your body with the nourishment is needs prevents the important muscle regeneration process that occurs after a workout. By eating nothing, you are encouraging muscle breakdown, defeating the whole point of exercising entirely.
2. Eat at the right time
The best time to eat your post-workout meal is directly after you've exercised. During the first hour after exercise, the muscle regeneration process is the most intense, and this is the perfect time to replenish your energy stores.
3. A mix of protein and carbohydrates
Both protein and carbohydrates are important food groups that boost fat burning and provides energy for muscle repair. The trick is to eat 'healthy' carbs and not binge on bread or pastries! Some recommendations are wholemeal cereals for breakfast, rice with grilled turkey for lunch or dinner, or a protein shake or smoothie mix with added whey powder or oatmeal for a snack.