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Hungry for More: How to Manage Post-Workout Cravings

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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.

Log Your Workouts and Meals

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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kidsareme wrote:

It really doesn't tell you how not to over eat after the workout. This seems to be a big problem for all of us.

9/28/2012 12:16:33 AM Report Abuse
whitty_313 wrote:

No , like after u work out u shouldnt eat! Even though you totally wanna, just fill up your stomach with water and go to bed!! Youll be happy in the morning u did!

9/14/2012 09:29:58 PM Report Abuse
a3984502 wrote:

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3/4/2012 03:26:32 AM Report Abuse
hannahll1993 wrote:

How can I beat the 9 pm cravings? I eat right and exercise, but come 9 pm, I'm so hungry! Should I eat more at supper?

1/6/2012 09:32:10 AM Report Abuse
yoliyarcia wrote:

Guide will be: Stay nourished before and after workout.

11/2/2011 03:18:05 AM Report Abuse

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