As CHAARG girls, our goal is to treat our bodies like a temple + not an amusement park, but that post-sweat sesh *hangry* feeling can make us want to devour any snack in sight [cue the Snicker’s commercial — *you’re not you when you’re hungry*]. Think of your body like a car — the more you drive, the more often you need to it fill up with gas. The harder you work your body during your sweat sesh, the more you crave *fuel* afterward.
Overeating + indulging in one too many unhealthy snacks post-sweat sesh are two common mistakes people make. You may overeat because your body is not receiving the proper nutrients it needs to complete the work you’re putting in at the gym. You may also continuously indulge in unhealthy snacks because you have the mentality that you *worked so hard, + I deserve this [cookie, bag of chips, full box of Valentine’s Day chocolate, ETC.]*. Of course you should #TreatYoSelf, but moderation is key! If both of these actions happen after every sweat sesh, you will distance yourself from reaching the goals you’ve set.
SO — how can we prevent this?
#1] WORKOUT BEFORE A MAIN MEAL
If you get your sweat on after breakfast or dinner, try switching things up + working out before your meals. This strategy is great for CHAARGies who, regardless of what they do [hydrate, have a healthy balanced diet, etc.], are still hungry post-sweat sesh. Have your breakfast or dinner prepared before you hit the gym to make it easier on yourself. This option can potentially reduce unhealthy snacking, + preparing food portions before your workout can prevent overeating.
Daily workouts make you sweat + can push your body to its limit. Don’t forget to hydrate before, during + post-workout! Your body can easily mistake dehydration for hunger, which causes you to snack. Staying hydrated will not only keep you from snacking, but it will help keep your skin, hair + nails healthy!
#3] CHOOSE NUTRITIOUS FOODS
Eating unhealthy foods that are processed + full of refined sugars tend to spike your blood sugar + have almost no nutritional value. These unhealthy foods can also hinder your recovery. Most unhealthy foods will initially make you feel full, but only for a short time. Choosing nutritious snacks + meals will help you feel satisfied, recover faster + feel full for much longer. Carbohydrate + protein based snacks are both great to fuel your muscle recovery!
Your mentality is just as important as the work you put in at the gym when it comes to achieving your #FitGoals. #TreatYoSelf on occasion, but if you catch yourself indulging after every single workout, you should reflect on the CHAARG lifestyle — becoming the happiest + healthiest version of yourself! If you are feeling *low on fuel* after a workout, have healthy snacks prepped, or plan your sweat sesh before lunch//dinner. Planning your training schedule around your meal schedule will set you up with the best possible outcome to succeed in reaching your goals!
+Delaney [@delaney_inchaarg] // UC CHAARG