Do you feel hungry after an intense workout? Post-workout hunger cravings are normal, but simply giving in to your cravings could cause you to put back all the calories you just burned off … which is probably not what you want to do.
That’s why it’s important to address hunger before, during, and after you exercise.
Consider using these strategies to get a handle on your post workout cravings:
Consuming protein after a workout can help you satisfy the hunger in your stomach. Protein also helps your muscles rebuild themselves.
This may seem counterintuitive, but eating more fats can actually help you fight hunger and avoid gaining weight. The key is to focus only on healthy fats.
Most experts share that you should eat thirty minutes after a workout. However, you can stretch this to an hour if you’re very busy. If you wait too long to eat after a workout, your hunger will only increase, and this can lead you to eat unhealthy junk food and sweets.
While it may seem a little counter-intuitive, during intense workouts, your body uses a large amount of energy and nutrients, so you may need to refuel midway. Take a short break during your workout to have a snack or drink. This may also prevent muscle damage and further issues.
It’s important to drink water before you exercise, while you exercise, and after you’re done. Drink water instead of juice, shakes, or smoothies.
According to research, going to bed earlier after exercising during the day can help you curb hunger.
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