Health Tip: Don’t Nullify Your Workout

By on November 21, 2016

The wrong meals and snacks can thwart your attempts to exercise, burn calories and tone up.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests:

  • Don’t overestimate how many calories you are using through exercise. Remember that walking or running a mile only burns around 100 calories.
  • Don’t consume too many calories before a morning workout. Instead, make sure you’re hydrated and opt for a small snack that’s rich in carbohydrates.
  • Eat a post-workout meal with protein and healthy carbs, such as an egg and whole wheat toast or oatmeal with berries.
  • If you’re an evening exerciser, schedule a healthy lunch about four hours prior. Eat a healthy carb, such as fruit, about 30 minutes before your workout.
  • If you’ll eat dinner a few hours after your workout, there’s no need for a snack. But if it will be a while longer, opt for a small snack that combines protein and carbs, such as string cheese and a few whole-grain crackers.
  • Drink plenty of water. It’s also important not to skip meals.

Source: HealthDay

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