3 Ways to Deal With Post-Workout Hunger
So many people say that after they begin to change their lifestyle and add exercise to their daily routine, they also notice significant changes in appetite. The truth is, exercise does cause more hunger. When you exercise, you burn energy (calories) and your body will crave more energy (more calories), which means more food. However, if you eat the proper foods after working out, it can help stop those food cravings. Check out these three ways to deal with post-workout hunger:
You need a small snack before a workout. You need to ensure that you don’t eat too much pre-workout because that will cause cramping and it will make your workout much more difficult. Some excellent pre-workout snacks would be fresh fruit such as apples, bananas, oranges, non fat yogurt, ½ cup of dry cereal, or a low fat granola bar.
Drink Water During Workout
So many people complain of hunger pains during their workout even after having a pre-workout snack and this is usually a sign of thirst rather than hunger. Don’t waste your daily calories on sugary sports drinks, drink plain water during your workout. If you are doing weights, have a small sip of water between each set.
Here’s where those cravings kick in! And of course, these cravings are usually worse for women than men thanks to our lovely hormones! What you need after a workout is healthy carbs, protein, and more liquid. Usually after a workout, you should try and have a meal that contains 3 grams of carbs for every gram of protein. Some ideal options would be Greek yogurt, lean chicken breast, peanut butter, and chocolate milk.