New Delhi: Talk of weight loss and there is a lot that people try – from diet fads to workout routines and so on. However, what if we told you that you could time your post-workout meal right to shed the extra kilos? Strange as it may sound, timing meals the right way and of course, opting for the right foods, could work wonders in supporting weight loss.
What to eat after workouts?
Experts say contradictory to popular belief, it is necessary to eat carbohydrates after workouts. This is because exercise depletes glycogen levels in the body – a form of glucose stored in the liver and muscles. After a workout session, the body needs to repair muscles and refresh the glycogen stores. Eating only proteins does not serve the purpose which is why it is advised to eat carbs.
What is the best time to eat a post-workout meal?
The best time to eat the post-workout meal is within the first half hour of wrapping up. Yet, it is more about how much one eats as opposed to when one eats. And the right amount depends on the total number of calories consumed in a day. If one eats more than what one burns irrespective of the time, it will induce weight gain.
How many calories to consume after workouts?
Ensure that you consume enough carbs just before workouts to ensure that you have ample energy for an intense exercise session and one must also eat the right amount of carbs after workouts to support recovery. However, an ideal post-workout meal should include carbs and proteins in the right quantities.
Calorie intake should be the determined basis of an individual’s weight loss goals. Therefore, it is advised to eat fewer calories and burn more to achieve a calorie deficit for weight loss. Try to burn at least 200 to 300 calories per session – 1200 calories per week and consume fewer than normal to lose weight effectively.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.