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Plan Your Post Workout Nutrition

Plan Your Post Workout Nutrition

Doing so can help you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

At over 6-feet and 8-inches tall, New England Patriot’s offensive tackle Trent Brown currently has a Super Bowl ring—and the title as the heaviest person in the NFL (NFL.com says he’s 380). When it comes to weight, he confesses that in college he had to get things under control, but now, he says, for a BIG guy he really doesn’t eat a lot. Still, at his size—and with the intense physical activity his body endures—it’s important for him to plan every meal to keep his weight and physical fitness in balance.

Now, you may weigh 200 or 250 pounds less than Trent Brown (we hope so!), but it’s important to keep your post-workout food consumption under control, too. If you want to trim fat and build muscle, you have to avoid slamming down sugary, fatty foods that add up to a zero-benefit workout. Remember: While an hour’s walk at medium pace burns about 200-250 calories, a burger and milk shake can add more than 1,000 calories.

The solution: plan ahead
Confirming what Dr. Mike wrote in his book, What to Eat When, researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found you’ll eat much more healthfully if you set up your post-workout food choices before you exercise. So, toss a salad with beans and salmon, spin up that green smoothie with walnuts, and stash ‘em in the fridge before you go to the gym or head out for a walk. After exercise, you’ll feel, move and look your best when you eat foods that love your body back.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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