Nutritionists tell athletes to consume meals high in proteinsand carbohydrates shortly after exercise to promote muscle growth and speed recovery. What they don't always tell you is what to eat and what not to. They also fail to tell you that this could impede weight loss efforts!
Dr Barry Braun from the University of Massachusetts, Amherstfound that walking on a treadmill one hour per day improved blood sugar regulation by 40%.. This effect is wiped out completely when you consumecarbohydrate rich foods immediately after your workout. Exercise helpscreate a caloric deficit that is greatly diminished by post-exercisemeals. If you are going to eat immediately after exercise, try to eat aprotein snack such as almonds, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, lettuce wraps,etc. A protein shake is also a great idea for a post workout boost. (Health Day, Nov. 14, 2008)