So you’ve joined a gym and are working harder than ever to hit your weight goals, but have you stopped eating that junk like you’re supposed to?
Too many people fail in their fitness goals because they’re not able to stay away from the savory delights in the corner bakery. If you are looking to get leaner, meaner, and fitter here are food you should try to avoid after a workout.
Top Foods To Avoid Eating After Hitting The Gym
1. Fast Food
You want your heart pumping and your metabolism to kick into overdrive rather than having to digest all that fat you just ate.
2. Anything Spicy
Spicy food is great for oxidation, but not after your workout. The aim of the workout is to get your digestion as active as possible.
Hot sauce, salsa should all be avoided post workout and your body should strive for carbohydrates to replenish the energy requirements.
3. Raw Vegetables
This may come as a shocker to you but raw vegetables are the opposite of what you should eat. While they’re excellent for your regular meals (low calorie, high fiber), they don’t really contain the nutritional basic your body requires after a workout.
A balanced post workout diet should consist of carbohydrates, protein, and a little bit of fat.
4. Salty Foods
When you work out, the cells in your body are hard at work. You’re losing electrolytes which is why you need to keep hydrated.
When you binge on salty foods, you’re actually draining your body of Potassium which helps retain moisture and improves cell function. Having too many salty meals can lead to cramps, spasms, or worse.
5. Peanut Butter
Although yummy and delicious, not exactly the meal your body craves after a workout.
Any nut butter is a good source of healthy fats, however, they don’t contain enough carbohydrates, and protein to replenish the muscle mass that has been lost during the workout.
6. Fizzy Drinks
If your body is craving liquids its because you’ve drained out so much during your work out. But not any liquids will do, certainly not fizzy soda pops.
All you get from fizzy drinks is an overdose of sugar and chemicals. They have no nutritional value whatsoever, and in fact, can harm your body. A glass of regular water would be preferred.
Chocolates are great if you have very little or no other choice for a quick jump. If you are looking for a quick boost of energy, maybe a chocolate will help, but it will get you down faster than the fastest roller coaster and you will hate your workouts.
Avoid chocolates just after a workout, especially if you’re looking forward to that lean body. The results of the higher metabolism won’t show if you keep munching on this chocolaty goodness.
Losing weight, getting fitter takes a whole lot of dedication and in my opinion, keeping off these delicious snacks even more so.
But if you’re looking to get in shape for summer, or get fitter and make the most out of your gym sessions, you better avoid the foods mentioned above.