We’ve all heard various advertisements that recommend a proper diet and exercise along with the product they endorse -- and truly, it’s no lie. As a matter of fact, you should always eat a pre- and post-workout snack. A pre-workout snack should contain a certain level of carbohydrates that will give you enough energy to do your workout as you’ll burn it throughout the course of your booked class, but what about after the workout?
When you eat the right kind of food - especially in your post-workout meal, your body will reflect the fruits of your labor. How is this possible and why should you eat well after a workout?
Your body needs it. After your yoga or pilates class, your body needs to replace its depleted amount of glycogen, electrolytes, and fluids. A post-workout snack or meal should contain an equal amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Nutritionists recommend food highly rich in protein in every meal you’ll consume after your workout. These are your eggs, chicken breast, salmon, yogurt, almond, goat cheese, broccoli, and oats among others.
Protein helps your body recover. Muscle tissues experience small tears during every workout so they’ll need all the protein they can get to recover as quickly as possible. Any ligaments and joint breaks that incur are also repaired. The Pulsin Protein Boosters is a perfect example for a protein-rich snack.
It doesn’t cancel out the exercise you did. Just because you ate immediately after doesn’t mean you’re gaining back the fats you burned during your exercise. With the right kind of food, your body continues to burn the carbohydrates you will consume instead of storing it as fat. It’s actually best to eat immediately after a workout. Dietitians would say to eat a well balanced meal after a workout, but if for some reason you can’t, a snack will do. Munch on a snack within 20 minutes after your workout, and then have a full meal about two to three hours later.
And as always, stay hydrated! Always have a bottle of water with you throughout your workout.
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