The Truth about Food and exercise
Today I want to talk about the relationship food has to exercise and weight loss, and answer some of the most common questions I get about food and working out. So let’s get to it!
#1 I eat a lot more on days I hit the gym vs. days I take off what’s the deal?
You will feel hungrier on the days you work out because your body is trying to restore all the energy you used up in the workout and energy is just calories. So right after you work out drink 20-30 grams of whey protein isolate to help you feel fuller and sip casein protein blend about an hour later. Whey isolate is the fastest absorbing protein, and casein is a slow burning protein that will help you stay fuller longer and curb those hunger pains.
#2 My metabolism is higher right after a workout so I can eat whatever I want right after a workout without any consequences right?
Wrong you do burn more calories right after a workout, because your body uses energy to return to its resting state. But probably a lot less than what is in that junk food you want to chomp down. Go for the whey protein Isolate after your workout to repair those muscles.
#3 Since I burned so many calories in Boot Camp this morning, I can eat whatever I want right?
Probably not… schedule your cheat meals each week. Don’t sabotage all the hard work you put in the gym this morning just for a few doughnuts or a hamburgers. Its two steps forward one step back, plus you will feel guilty and regret stuffing that junk food down your throat about 5 min after you do it. So like Nancy Regan said Just Say No, your waistline will thank you.
#4 I know I shouldn’t but one little cookie won’t hurt, especially right after Boot Camp right?
The Immortal Hulk Hogan said it best “One cookie turns into 2, 2 turns into 4 next thing you know you have a big back door”.
It is incredibly easy to sabotage your hard work by underestimate the amount of calories in the simple sugar and fat filled junk foods we are programed to enjoy.
Follow the Hulk’s advice and find other ways to indulge, get a massage, pedicure, buy some cloths, add some new songs to your playlist etc.
#5 Does it matter what I eat before I work out?
Yes studies show women who ate high glycemic index foods before exercising burned 55% less fat than those who had low glycemic foods prior to working out.
#6 my energy level is super low, should I eat right before I work out?
Yes but not a full meal, if you are working out in less than an hour grab something small like a granola bar, Gatorade, or a piece of fruit.
If you are working out in more than an hour eat a meal with low GI Foods like whole wheat pita with veggies and turkey.