What to eat after workouts?
If you’re working out to lose weight or for general health reasons, I bet you have wondered if it’s OK to eat after workouts.
Well, this was my concern too when I started working out to lose weight. I didn’t want to waste all my burnt calories by eating bread, biscuits or any kind of food. And so should you! If you are to eat after workouts, make sure it’s the right foods you’re taking in.
With that, here are some of my personal guides on what to eat after workouts.
Eat after workouts? YES.
Should I eat after workouts? The answer here is a clear YES.
Your body has used up a lot of energy and you need to replenish it as soon as you can. That’s one reason why you should hydrate before, during and AFTER workouts.
What should I eat after workouts? It’s advisable to drink liquid proteins. Eating solid foods (e.g. eggs, chicken, pork dish) is good too. It’s just that liquid is easily digested by the body compared to solid foods. You need to fuel your body with foods that will be transformed fast into energy and nutrients.
It’s OK to eat carbo-foods after workout, too. We need to reload on glycogen from carbs after workouts. This is actually the best time to eat simple carbohydrates; even carbs with high glycemic index. The sugar and energy from simple carbohydrates will immediately be used by the body for its quick recovery. If there’s a time to eat cookies and biscuits, it’s after workout.
Before you eat after workouts, I suggest gulping on water too. Drink a lot of it. You need to restore the electrolytes lost while working out. In this case, water is the best drink.
What's the best time to eat after workouts? You can eat 15 minutes up to an hour after workouts. Your body needs easy to digest foods during this time.
Should I take energy drinks after workout? If you’re not training for a marathon or underwent a high-intensity workout, I suggest you keep it clean with water.
Energy drinks contain sugar and calories that your body doesn’t need, especially if you’re just doing a 5k or 10k run. While it is taxing to do this lengthy run; your weight loss goals will benefit the most if you just stick with water.
Breakfast treats after workouts
If you’re in a weight loss program, remember not to get over-board on this. Eat after workouts; but eat in moderation.
Avoid mindless eating. Avoid junkfoods and soda drinks. If you'd go for snack foods, fried bananas are good to eat after workouts.
Lastly, when working out, make sure you really workout. Don’t make it an excuse to simply load up on foods.
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