Go ahead – pat yourself on the back. You KILLED it at your workout today. With the help of your trainer, you did more reps and harder cardio than you ever thought would be possible, and you feel great. Well, you actually feel exhausted and famished. In fact, all you can think about as you walk your wobbly legs out to your car is whether or not your arms are too tired to heft a cheeseburger to your mouth. You can’t wait to eat, and you deserve a treat after your efforts, right?
The truth is, whether or not you deserve a cheat-snack doesn’t matter as much when you consider the impact that your food choices can have on your post-workout body. Working out doesn’t give you super power-ability to magically be able to eat whatever you want without consequence. In fact, there are a few definite no-no’s for this important time of recovery. So read on, hungry one, we’ve got what you need to know, and what NOT to eat.