People who are new to exercise or have a lot of weight to lose just need to focus on improving their food intake overall, rather than stressing over the smaller details like what to eat for a post workout meal.
If you’re going to be exercising again that day, say you’re taking part in a sports tournament or do both a morning run and an evening exercise class, your post workout meal after your run is also important, to insure your muscles recover quickly and are ready to go again later that day.
My approach to exercise for my weight loss clients is home based, equipment free self-paced High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which is like interval training only you tweak your intervals to fit your strength and fitness levels and skill, creating a personalised workout that you can adapt as you improve.
This type of exercise, when done correctly, is pretty hard, and unlike ‘steady-state’ more gentle exercise like jogging, uses mostly glucose (sugar) to fuel it.
However I find a low to moderate carb, high protein diet works best for keeping appetite and cravings in check when eating to lose weight (reduced calories), so how does this work when we need carbohydrates (sugar) to fuel those intense workouts?
A great approach is to consume more carbs both before (unless training early morning before eating) and/or after a workout, in addition to protein. This time we would also keep fat low so that the food is more quickly digested and goes to where it’s needed – the muscles, for repair.
Then have lower carb, high protein & veggi meals with fat when you’re not working out.
I’ll explain more in the video, below.
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