Overeating After a Workout

7 Tips To Not Overeating After A Workout

Life is all about balance. Balance is necessary to keep harmony. When someone sits behind a desk all day, they will generally balance that out with some type of physical activity after work. When studying for an exam, one may take breaks to do something that requires minimal brain power. Generally, after being stressed out, people will go for a long drive or do something relaxing and peaceful to keep balance.

Unfortunately, this is sometimes also true for the good things we do in life like working out. Many of us will find ourselves guilty of rewarding a good workout with a good meal. Although this is good motivation to workout, some people may be unknowingly overdoing it. In comparison to the number of calories burned in a workout, it is easy to eat two or three times that much post workout. Eating within a half hour to an hour of a workout is an essential part of building back the muscle tissue that was torn during a workout. After working out, the body must be replenished so that it can rebuild but OVER-eating can be can result in a gaining of weight.

Here are a few tips to prevent overeating after a workout.

Prep Your Meals

If it has become a habit to eat after a workout, coordinate your workout with a main meal so that the workout takes place right before breakfast, lunch or dinner. This hits two birds with one stone and reduces overeating because this was a time that food was going to be eaten already. Prepping food ahead of time could aid in this coordination so that it is as simple as heating up the premade food right after a good workout.

Enjoy Yourself!

Exercise with an element of fun. Enjoying a workout changes a workout from a chore to something that’s fun and will result in wanting to eat less afterwards. Multiple researches have been done comparing exercise groups to scenic groups, providing food afterwards and the scenic groups that had an element of enjoyment to their exercise consistently ate less than the exercise group.

Got Chocolate Milk?

Drink milk, specifically low-fat chocolate milk, after workouts. Milk results in improved performance for athletes and is a filling source of protein that outperforms most traditional sports drinks.

Pair Your Meal with You Intensity

Pair different snacks with different workouts. Depending on what workout and the intensity of the workout, pick a snack that matches in calories. The higher the intensity or duration the higher the calories can be. Much of the time people eat out of habit and routine, so if you cannot break the routine, at least establish one that is healthy. Eating when hungry instead of out of boredom or stress will stop the thought of food being a reward and will be extremely advantageous and make a huge difference in the long run.

Regulate As You Metabolate

Snack during the day instead of gorging during meals. Snacking with allow for fewer calories overall throughout one’s day by regulating hunger between meals. It will also keep the metabolism up resulting in a higher level of energy.

Don’t Overestimate

Don’t overestimate the energy used during an exercise. People naturally have the tendency to overestimate the energy used by up to four times as much as actually expended. The goal is to eat fewer calories than are burned.

Drink Water to Curb Appetite

Drink water at the end of a workout. A majority of the times that people are hungry, they are actually thirsty. Regardless, water can be filling and is a necessary element of having an effective workout. Do not drink a massive amount of water because it can result in excessively low amounts of salt. This is called water intoxication.

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