Whether it's your mission to lose 10 pounds in two weeks, or you're just trying get your health back on track, the number of minutes you do or don't spend conditioning, strengthening, back-bending, and cardio-ing may not be to blame. Perhaps, it's knowing what to eat after a workout that makes all the difference.
But before you wreak havoc on your chocolate-filled pantry, listen up: nutritionist and author of Falling In Love With Food Zoe Bingley-Pullin has lined up the deceivingly delicious foods to eat after any type of workout.
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As Bingley-Pullin puts it, foods packed with protein, coupled with complex carbohydrates, should be on your list of things to eat after a cardio burn. Not only that, but Bingley-Pullin said healthy fats can also assist with satiety.
These are the post-workout carbs you should try:
Sourdough/rye/soy and linseed bread
Fruit—like a banana
Legumes—like chickpeas, lentils, red kidney beans, and mixed beans
These are the post-workout fats you should try:
Extra virgin olive oil
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Once you finish a rigorous workout, your body is in recovery mode. So, as Bingley-Pullin tells us, it's necessary to prevent muscle-tissue breakdown.
"Protein is critical for muscle repair and recovery coupled with complex carbohydrates to restore glycogen levels, which the body has used for energy," she explained. "Eating well post-workout prevents dips in energy later on and controls insatiable appetite. Plus, eating and drinking well also replaces fluid and electrolyte losses," she added.
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As Bingley-Pullin suggests, the ideal time to eat following a workout is 30 to 45 minutes after you've finished exercising.
"During this time, the body is essentially primed to rebuild and repair," she said. "This means the enzymes responsible for glycogen production are very active, and eating soon after exercise takes advantage of this!"
We can't wait to try these snacking tips after our next workout.
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This post was written by Ellie McDonald. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
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