Most people tend to reward themselves with a heavy treat, especially if they have just begun on a regular exercise schedule. Although having a tiny treat once in a while helps in boosting your energy levels, constantly taking in heavy foods, especially after having expended a good number of calories in a workout can sometimes be detrimental to the purpose of losing weight. However, after a good workout most of us get intensely hungry which causes us to make bad food choices resulting in overeating or bingeing. Let us look at some ways to get rid of overeating habits and supply the body with the right nutrition without piling on the pounds.
To help you tide over until your next main meal, opt for low-fat milk or dairy products, which is an excellent recovery food complete with proteins that can help in preventing overeating or bingeing. According to fitness and nutrition experts, studies reveal that refuelling the body after a heavy workout with dairy products, such as low-fat milk, yoghurt or chocolate milk in particular, is helpful in improving overall performance better than conventional sports beverages.
Break the eating habit now
In most cases, bingeing after exercise is more out of a habit or a routine than hunger or any other reason. If you are in the habit of consistently consuming a 500 calorie beverage or meal after you workout, you will mindlessly begin to get into the habit of having the same meal or beverage regardless of how intense or long your workout was. To break this routine, opt for varied snacks for varied workouts; the lighter duration of the exercise, the fewer calories your body requires to refuel. It is important to always pay attention to the warning signs of your hunger. It is extremely vital to make a conscious decision of learning to eat in response to hunger as against eating in response to emotions such as stress, boredom or the thought of rewarding yourself for working out. In order to achieve your weight loss goals, it is important for weight maintenance and weight loss to get in tune with your body.
Don’t rely on your tracker always
The recent trend these days is to trust on activity trackers and apps to assess physical activity or calorie expenditure throughout the day. A study conducted by the Iowa State University in early 2014 showed that not all the tracking devices are extremely accurate in measuring burn off calories during exercise schedules. Even if the most reliable of trackers are to be trusted, it’s still only offers an approximate estimate of true calorie burn which is not the right way of basing your refuelling methods purely on the calculations offered by the tracker. It is important to get into the habit of consuming food only in response to hunger and stopping when you are comfortably satisfied. By listening less to numbers and more to your body you will be better able to assess and meet your fitness goals.
Small snacks work best
Although it sounds like a ridiculous idea of eating or snacking throughout the day, it can actually be your ticket to eating fewer calories overall, particularly if you are in the habit of overeating immediately after a workout. Having tiny 2 to 3 healthy snacks all day long can help in regulating hunger pangs between main meals, increasing your levels of energy and keeping metabolism bumped up throughout the day.