Post-workout nutrition – what not to eat or drink
The burning of unwanted calories occurs not only during exercise, but both before and after: the fat burning process is still activated 2 hours after exercise. But in addition to extra pounds, muscle mass goes away. In order to find the body of your dreams, it is necessary not only to observe the correct training and nutrition regimen, but also to understand which foods not only will not bring benefits, but can also harm. The leading coach of TOPSTRETCHING studios, master of sports of Russia in rhythmic gymnastics, expert in twine stretching – Adelina Lazarova will tell you which foods you should not add to your diet after training.
“In order not to harm the body with certain foods, you need to understand that you should definitely consume high-quality protein and carbohydrates. One food will fill the body with energy before training, and the other will worsen the general condition after ”- says Adelina Lazarova.
“Live” vegetables and fruits
Despite the fact that it seems that these products contain a storehouse of vitamins and useful microelements, after training they can load the body: it will send all the remaining energy to the processing and absorption of products. As a result, there may be no strength left for further studies. An alternative to fresh fruits and vegetables is cereals or proteins such as chicken breast.
During intense exercise, the body begins to sweat and flush excess salt from the body. Therefore, after physical exertion, you often want salty: seeds, cookies, nuts will not help replenish the body with energy. Instead, grab a snack after your workout with dried fruit, which is full of potassium.
Fatty foods slow down the absorption of protein and carbohydrates. Even such a useful product as cottage cheese will be beneficial for the body if the fat percentage does not exceed 3%. In addition, excess body fat can cause a number of diseases of the liver and blood vessels, as the level of cholesterol in the blood rises. And after intense training, the liver is accelerated, since the blood is saturated with oxygen.
Coffee and energy
Cortisol builds up during exercise, and caffeine can increase your levels even more. In addition, after taking caffeinated drinks, the body becomes dehydrated, and since after training with sweat, we already lose a sufficient amount of fluid from the body. You should drink coffee a few hours before the start of your workout in order to get an additional boost of energy and tone. And in order to start the process of replenishing the loss of fluid, it is best to use ordinary water.
Alcohol is not just undesirable, but even banned before, during and after sports. Alcoholic drinks negatively affect both the emotional state of a person and the nervous system. Also, alcohol provokes dehydration of the body, since ethanol causes a diuretic process, and intense training, therefore, reduces the amount of fluid in the body.
It is natural to be thirsty after exercise, but it is a mistake to consume soda, which will nullify all the work in the gym. And the presence of sugar in drinks can slow down the metabolism. In addition, most drinks do not contain useful and natural ingredients in the composition, which can cause heartburn and various other problems with the gastrointestinal tract. After training, it is best to drink plain water or orange juice, which contains vitamin C and rid the body of toxins.
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