Best post-workout snacks that will supercharge your weight loss  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: Many people trying to lose weight think that skipping post-workout meal may help them save calories but that’s not the case. If you regularly hit the gym to shed those extra pounds, you need to eat right before and after your workout to maximise your weight loss results. Eating post a training session, particularly after a heavy or intense workout, is critical. This will help refill any calories or the energy stores you burned during exercise and provide protein to worked muscles, helping them repair themselves. Actually, fuelling your body right after your workout promotes weight loss.
But with so many info out there, it can be confusing when it comes to choosing the right nutrients to consume after a workout. To ensure that you get the right fuel to build muscle, and not fat, we talked to nutritionist Janvi Chitalia to learn the best gym meals and snacks for trimmer abs. “While doing a cardio or weight training workout for fat loss it is important to keep in mind that the main goal is to replenish the muscles so it gains back its lost energy in order to keep fit,” Chitalia added. The main rule is to stick to fast absorbing carbs and protein within 15 to 20 mins post workout. Whether you prefer to work out in the morning or choose to exercise after a long day at the office, these nourishing post-workout recovery options will help you remain on top of your fitness game. Read – Post-workout meal for weight loss: Best proteins, carbs to eat after exercise for optimal weight loss results
Morning post-workout weight loss meal sample
If one is working out in the morning, have 2 dates +1 fruit (apple/pear ) + 1/2 scoop whey in water. Loading up on vitamin C (greens, sprouts, tomato juice, sweet potato) and vitamin E(nuts/seeds) 15-20 minutes post workout is essential.
Evening post-workout weight loss meal sample
While doing a workout in the evening, one can eat 6-8 almonds + 3walnuts+2dates + 1/2 scoop whey in water along with vitamin C and E. Whey can be 1/2 scoop to 2/3 or 3/4 scoop, from beginners to intermediate levels respectively, depending on the level and intensity of the workout. Read – Weight loss: Importance of pre-workout meal, 11 foods to eat before exercise to burn belly fat & gain muscle
If you opt for supplements, the same can be taken as vitamin C: Celin 500mg and vitamin E: Evion 400IU.
But do keep in mind that if the end goal is muscle gain then protein (natural or supplement) should be consumed after the exercise so they can be quickly absorbed by the body while they are open for repair. It is also important to consume a healthy meal in 45 minutes post the workout to achieve the desired targets.