Generally speaking, there are two camps you can fall in the first minutes after finishing an intense workout session: you’re craving for food or doing your best to stay away from it. If you’re part of the latter, you should seriously reconsider your options, as it can have a negative impact on both your weight loss and fitness-related goals.
We know, this comes as a surprise, but let’s take a few moments and discuss this.
There are quite a few reasons why people skip food after a workout, most of them doing this because they believe it ruins the work they just put in. Others just don’t feel like eating, but this somehow makes sense. Studies have shown that exercise, no matter its intensity, lowers ghrelin, the appetite-stimulating hormone and, in some cases, it can take up to three hours for everything to return to normal.
However, if you don’t eat right after you’re done with your workout, your appetite could seriously know you over the read as soon as it comes back. Besides this, delaying your meal slows down the entire recovery process. And this, fellow fitness enthusiasts, makes it tough to give it all next time you pay a visit to the gym, which is something any results-oriented individual wants to avoid.
The good news is that it’s not necessary to go for a fool meal after a workout session, as a small recovery snack, ideally consumed within the first hour after concluding the training, should do the trick. Why the first hour, you’re asking? This is when your body is the most receptive to muscle glycogen, not to mention that glycogen replenishment also happens. To be more specific, we’re talking about the carbohydrates reserves your body pulls from, for a quick energy boost.
If you’re worried that a quick snack should be something carefully crafted, you should know that anything with a relatively low amount of calories and enough nutrients is good enough as a post-workout snack.
For example, you can go for a yogurt, a banana, an apple, or even a stick of cheese. Chocolate milk is also a good option, as long as you limit the quantity. The idea is simple: the snack should contain energy-restoring carbs and protein, so the recovery process can start.
Keeping it short, next time when you’re craving for something after your workout, go for it, but make sure it’s just a snack. You will recover faster, feel better and, probably most important, avoid eating a lot as soon as that ‘huge’ hunger kicks in.
For more nutrition tips, you can always pay Fitness 360, a full-service health club in Clearwater, Florida a visit. Here you will find specialized trainers, always happy to help you with achieving your goal, no matter if we’re talking about losing weight, obtaining a dream body or simply start living healthier.
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