• What Not To Eat Postworkout

      By Ian Cohen Men's Fitness

      An intense, calorie-burning workout can do wonders for your physique, but it doesnít give you the green light to go to town at the nearest Burger King once youíre done. If youíre serious about building muscle and losing fat, you need to get serious about your post-workout meals.

      After an exhausting workout, the body sends a signal to the brain that says something to the effect of ďfeed me dammit, Iím starving!Ē In an effort to quickly satisfy that demand, many choose the wrong foods, which are full of the wrong ingredients. While this is a bad move for anyone trying to maintain good health, itĎs especially harmful after exercising, since it will negate the efforts of your hard training.

      To get the biggest bang from your workout buck, itís vital to replenish calories and nutrients with the right combination of protein and carbs. On the other hand, itís also important to limit calories that come from unhealthy foods loaded with fat and sugar. Avoid eating these types of foods after putting your body through the paces, and chances are good youíll achieve your fitness and weight loss goals much faster.

      Savory Sins

      Raw Vegetables

      It might seem shocking that raw vegetables are a no-no after a workout, but on their own, they're just not enough. Carrots, celery bell peppers, and broccoli might be great as a healthy, low-fat, party snack, but as a post-workout recovery food, forgetaboutit. These minimal calorie foods just arenít substantial enough to help you restore energy and maintain a healthy metabolic rate. Make them more substantial by combining them with healthy, protein-packed dips like yogurt dip, nut butters or hummus. Stay away from fatty cream dips.

      High Fat, Fast Food

      French fries, cheeseburgers, chili-dogs and nachos sound like a worthy cheat and may satisfy the spikes in your appetite after a tough workout, but they can also wipe out the fitness progress you made while exercising. All that fat slows down digestion, which is the exact opposite of what you want to happen after working up a sweat. The goal after exercise is to replenish your body's glycogen and reduce, not add to, the amount of fat your body stores.

      Salty Snacks

      Downing salty snacks like potato chips and pretzels can lower your levels of potassium, which is of greater importance to your recovery phase than salt. Potassium, a mineral essential to your body for cell function, is a more important electrolyte than sodium. Because your body loses electrolytes during a workout, the last thing you need is to deplete more potassium with a salty chip binge.


      This breakfast treat is actually OK in moderation, but only if you eat it at the start of your day when it can prepare you to burn calories throughout the day, not at the end of your workout. Thatís because itís slow to metabolize after a high-octane, calorie-burning workout, and will slow down the metabolism spike you got from exercising. If you want a protein fix, go for eggs instead.


      Sorry, but this food favorite is another no-go for an after-workout meal, especially if topped with fatty sausage or pepperoni. Dripping with grease, just one slice can instantly cancel out the gains made during your sweat soaked routine. Opt for a whole-wheat English muffin with cheese if you're craving a cheesy snack.

      Sugary Offenders

      Soda and Fruit Drinks

      Yeah youíre thirsty, but whatever you do, donít replenish lost fluids with sweetened beveragesóincluding sugary sports drinks. Whether itís soda, or fructose filled fruit juices, downing sugary drinks after intense exercise is counterproductive for anyone seeking to lose weight, due to the slowing effect on the metabolism. Reach for sports drinks only if your workout required you to sweat profusely to replace the electrolytes you lost. But to quench your thirst, rehydrate and replenish electrolytes, go with plain water and eat a potassium-rich banana.

      Milk Chocolate

      High in sugar and calories, milk chocolate offers virtually nothing of what you need in order to recharge after training. The negative effects to your fitness results are far more damaging than the brief burst of energy you may get from scarfing down a Snickers bar. Dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao), however, has healthy antioxidants that fight free radicals and act as anti-inflammatories, which can help you recover post-workout. Just be sure to consume it in moderation.

      Doughnuts and Pastries

      Yes, you need carbs to replace the muscle fuel (glycogen) lost after a vigorous workout, but not artery clogging ones like these nutrient deprived, mega-fat carriers. Better carb options after a workout would be a bagel or whole wheat toast with peanut butter or fruit preserves.

      Source: http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition...fter-a-workout
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. plumbaman's Avatar
        plumbaman -
        Ok that's what most people know not to eat. What would you suggest to consume then?
      1. Torobestia's Avatar
        Torobestia -
        I for some reason forgot about fat slowing digestion and how that should be a reason to avoid high fat foods PWO. Whoops, lol! Good thing I read this even though it's fairly obvious. To plugaman, I would say that some of his points are kinda off, for instance sugary foods are actually not bad to eat PWO unless you have some really bad insulin resistance, or unless you literally down like 100g in straight sugar items. A balance of simple and complex sugars is probably good, for instance a bowl of oatmeal prepared in skim milk (oats contain complex carbs, milk has simple sugar lactose), plus your choice of lean meat (I eat 96% ground beef always post workout). Honestly, eating a salmon is not a terrible choice either even though it has 12g of fat per ~7oz - I think anything under like 20g of fat is probably ok PWO.
      1. shovelheaddev's Avatar
        shovelheaddev -
        I also feel like I only read half the article
      1. DerickVonD's Avatar
        DerickVonD -
        Great...now I want some damn pizza.
      1. serave's Avatar
        serave -
        not so sure about chocolate milk, there is actually a study that suggest that low fat chocolate milk can be as good as commercial recovery drinks w w w .ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22080318
      1. Torobestia's Avatar
        Torobestia -
        Originally Posted by serave View Post
        not so sure about chocolate milk, there is actually a study that suggest that low fat chocolate milk can be as good as commercial recovery drinks w w w .ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22080318
        He actually talked about milk chocolate, which is pretty different from chocolate milk. Regardless, I would take what he said in the sugar section of the article with a grain of salt - you will be ok eating sugary foods immediately PWO without harm to your body (no guarantees on not getting diabates 30 years later, though =p )
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