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What to Eat After You Work Out

Refuel and Recover with a Post-Workout Meal or Snack

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  • One of my favorite post-workout snacks is apple with peanut butter. Holy moly, it's delicious! - 9/27/2016 2:03:20 PM
  • Very informative article. Thank you - 9/27/2016 9:22:29 AM
  • You have the best articles! - 9/27/2016 6:44:10 AM
  • I may not be working out hard enuf to feel hungry - often I wait to eat till afterwards b/c working out on a full stomach can bother me. So, that would be my normal meal if delaying till after exercise. Otherwise, it's tank up on water. Inter sting to keep in mind, though. - 9/21/2016 11:36:41 AM
  • A lot of the items listed here are things I avoid because they are not healthy. When I first began I still allowed a lot of them in moderation just to get started and not feel overwhelmed with too many changes all at once. But after over 3 months avoiding things like cereal, bagels, chocolate, etc is a very good thing! Those totally sabotage my weight loss.

    And I don't eat until it has been over an hour after a workout, trying to listen to my body and after workouts I do not feel hungry at all. I would be force feeding. An hour or two after the hunger hits and I am ready to go with a healthy meal. Protein, veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, etc. No cereal! Oy! That is a bowl of sugar basically even if you buy a "healthy kind" and has a lot of bad for you ingredients. - 6/10/2016 9:14:35 AM
  • I'm doing between 1200 and 1500 calories a day and I mostly walk. I don't feel any need to eat afterwards unless my blood sugar drops too low. A lot of these suggestions sound like meals, not snacks. I have my workouts in the afternoon, usually before dinner. I feel comfortable doing what I am. - 4/22/2016 5:11:30 PM
  • makes sense - 2/4/2016 9:37:04 PM
  • Really? White bread? Chocolate milk? Call me crazy but I easily maintain my normal weight by exercising on an empty stomach, eating a low crab/grain/high fat whole foods diet and drinking water post-workout. I fuel my body with healthy fats and steer clear of "low-fat" and packaged GF foods. - 10/7/2015 10:23:39 AM
  • Thank you for sharing. - 10/5/2015 12:20:11 PM
  • I think for me the reality check is how many calories did I burn. I'm always surprised when what I think was a great workout only burned a few hundred calories... so using the 50% rule it means a pretty small post work out snack! However I admit I rarely eat post work out.. wait for a meal. So.... I'll keep thinking about the little snacks like an apple with peanut butter or some carrots and humus... - 9/6/2015 6:59:53 AM
  • 10000STEPSADAY
    My main exercise time is 40-80 mins walking and this is usually sometime between 8pm & 10pm. A handful of mixed nuts should suffice, I'm guessing? - 6/23/2015 12:05:42 PM
  • I eat after my noon cardio, usually a sandwich of eggs or peanut butter. I do not eat after my evening cardio...I am not hungry then. - 2/25/2015 9:42:59 AM
  • Sorry I like your article alot but I just can't wrap my head around the notion of eating after a workout. - 2/19/2015 7:14:45 PM
  • ORANGE-GREEN
    Thanks Dean for this article, I needed this, when I come home after a workout I am so hungry, I'll try your tips. Thank you so much! :) - 11/10/2014 1:15:10 PM
  • NUMEN15
    I was struggling with post workout meals but now I know. Great info! - 10/21/2014 11:27:56 AM

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