Do you feel the urge to grab a bar of Snickers or a plate of burger and fries after workout? That’s normal since your glucose, your source of energy, has just been significantly diminished. Your body craves for it, which you can get if you eat.
However, you can’t let that hunger totally ruin everything you’ve burned. Complement an awesome exercise with an equally awesome diet plan with these tips:
1. Drink more water. Water is your best friend during and post-workout. It helps replenish electrolytes lost, and it staves off hunger. The brain doesn’t really know the difference between hunger and thirst, so before you eat, drink. Perhaps you’re just thirsty.
2. Go for protein and carb than all carb. While carb helps you get some sugar, you don’t need all the sugar in it. Rather, match it with some protein that helps satiate your hunger quickly and builds more muscle. A great choice will be a fat-free yogurt with low-glycemic fruit.
3. Eat fiber in the morning. Food with fiber usually doesn’t have the same nutrients as other types of food. However, since the body takes a longer time to digest it, you don’t experience sugar high and crave for something sweet again very quickly. Like protein, it also reduces hunger pangs.
4. Sleep early and well. Sleep is very important especially for those who are planning to lose weight since it helps supress appetite. However, sleeping early is just one of the things to keep in mind. You should also be able to sleep well.
Sleep is a process that you can’t just reduce or cut because you want to. When you sleep, keep the room dark as even a sliver of light can disturb your sleeping.
5. Be mindful when eating. Mindful eating means being aware with the food you introduce into your body. For example, before you take a bite of a fry, ask yourself this question: Is this going to be good for the body? Will my body thank me for it?
Mindful eating may sound like a very lengthy process, but you’ll get the hang of it the more you do it consistently.