We all know that exercise is important in our daily lives, but we may not know why or what exercise can do for us. When you’re working out, your muscles use up their glycogen stores for fuel. This results in your muscles being partially depleted of glycogen. … Eating the right nutrients soon after your exercise can help your body get this done faster. It is particularly important to eat carbs and protein after your workout.
It’s important to remember that we have evolved from nomadic ancestors who spent all their time moving around in search of food and shelter, traveling large distances on a daily basis. Our bodies are designed and have evolved to be regularly active.
These are 3 foods that can help you stay in shape by cutting away at the fat and also are great to eat because workout can be quite exhausting at times and we may run to our favorite guilty foods to make us feel better after a hard day at the gym.
- Fruits and nuts: Fixing a meal that to a wholesome one, might not be possible for everyone, especially if they lack the time
or culinary skills and equipment. An easy solution is to buy dried fruits and nuts from your departmental store and mix them in a sealed plastic bag. Avoid cashews despite their taste as they have higher calorific content. Nuts will provide an adequate dose of protein, for the day while the dried fruits will supply essential carbohydrates as well as vitamins and minerals. These carbs are simple and help in restoring glycogen in the muscles as compared to complex carbs, and make them the ideal post-workout snack to munch on.
- Eggs: Eggs are probably the best wholesome versatile foods. It’s delicious in any which preparation. Steer clear of using your egg whites in desserts, and try using minimum oil or unhealthy ingredients in making a dish out of eggs. They are high in protein content and despite popular belief, the yellow should be consumed too, unless your doctor advises against it.
- Poach them or fry them in olive oil. Steam them or blend it in your milkshake if raw eggs aren’t your thing. Egg protein is the most utilizable protein by the body in all of the unprocessed foods. Boil or bake them, take them in plenty! Get creative and try experimenting with your eggs in totally new ways, and if you are an amateur cook, these are perfect to start your culinary experiments with.
- 3. Soup (for your soul and body): Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein. They also supply the body with important nutrients such as niacin or Vitamin B3 which is essential for carbohydrate metabolism. They are also good for recuperating when stressed or sick. Chicken shreds can be put in soup too as it helps with digestion, and clear soup is free from fats and helps burn adipose (fat) tissue instead. Chicken soup is great for the soul!