Beat Those Post Exercise Cravings

February 5, 2016 01:00 PM

Sometimes it seems that no good habit goes unpunished. You made a resolution to go to the gym or work out at home and you’ve stuck with it. Congratulations! But the pounds aren’t coming off….BOO! How could that be?

Is it perhaps because after working out to burn calories away, your body has temped you to take them back through a high calorie meal or a snack that you couldn’t pass up? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people unknowingly do the same and then wonder if their scale is broken. Here are some tips for coping with post-workout cravings.

Tip #1:
Eat BEFORE you head for the gym. Not a full meal but… eat SOMETHING about 30-60 minutes ahead of your workout. Make sure it’s healthy and not too sugary. Hard boiled eggs and some fruit juice would work nicely.

Tip #2:
Bring food with you to the gym. If you get a post workout craving and have nothing on hand to satisfy it, you’ll be strongly tempted to eat fast food or a high calorie snack on the way to work or home. Take yogurt and some berries with you to the gym. Don’t forget a spoon! For those of you working out at home, prepare the snack ahead of time so you won’t be attracted by the cookie jar instead.

Tip #3:
Water, water, everywhere. After your workout are you starving for food? Maybe it’s just dehydration. It can be difficult to tell which is which when your whole body is screaming. Try water first and be sure to drink enough. Wait a few minutes and see if the food craving subsides. Then read Tip #2 again.

Congratulations for working so hard to keep your health on track. Keep going!

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