Sometimes after working out we’re extra hungry and might find it easy to justify less healthy choices, especially when we feel like we’ve “earned it.”
While it’s natural to get hungry and you should eat after a workout (replenish glucose stores, etc.) don’t use your workouts as a reason to go overboard!
In fact, the opposite should be true. First, you should always aim to eat nutritious foods throughout the day (and especially after your workouts) because maintaining a balanced diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Plus, if you put fewer “empty” calories into your body, you’ll be more motivated to work out because you feel good and less because you feel guilty. You know the urge I’m talking about; after a carton of ice cream you may instantly feel the need to go work those calories off. We’ve all been there, but aim to avoid that mindset so that exercise will always be enjoyable for you.
Josh Anderson is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and the CEO of Always Active Athletics.