If you go hard at the gym, then you probably come home ravenous and ready to eat everything in your kitchen. It’s similar to the feeling you had when you’d come home after school during puberty and your parents couldn’t keep the pantry stocked enough to keep up with your hungry hormones. But, unlike when you were a developing teenager, your body can no longer handle a pop tart, a slice of cold pizza, apple sauce, a Snickers and ramen noodles all in one sitting. Not even all in one day, if we’re honest. That is especially true on the days you exercise. Your body is in a unique state after a workout and you can either capitalize on some of the changes happening inside of it, or destroy them, depending on what you eat. Here are foods to avoid after a workout.
Carrots and celery
While these usually make a perfectly healthy snack, your body needs protein and carbs right now. You just depleted it of energy and you need to refuel it. A veggie platter isn’t going to make the cut. Go for pita and hummus instead, if you’re in a dipping mood.