Hungry for More: How to Manage Post-Workout Cravings
Solutions to Your Common Diet Dilemmas
FITNESS advisory board member Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, solves your diet and workout dilemmas.
I exercise in the morning -- no time for a full breakfast. What should I do?
Eat a cup of sliced fruit before you head out and have a serving of high-fiber cereal, such as Kashi GoLean, with a cup of low-fat milk when you get back. This 400-calorie breakfast has the right mix of carbs and protein to help you through your morning.
I'm good all morning. Then I scarf down pizza at lunch.
A midmorning snack will keep your hunger in check so that you don't blow your diet at noontime. Go for produce and protein: an apple with a handful of almonds or a pear with string cheese.
After working out, I'm starving. What can I eat without packing on pounds?
Healthy dairy options, like low-fat yogurt, are great after exercise: The protein in them works to repair muscles, and their carbs replenish energy. Assuming you burn about 300 calories during a 30-minute workout, the 150 calories in a yogurt are the right amount to eat back and still lose weight.
How many calories are you really burning during your workout? Try the free Fitness Tracker. No need to get obsessive; keep a tally for just a week to gain some perspective.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2010.
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