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In past blogs we’ve discussed the importance of strength training to your weight loss or wellness program. Building lean muscle tissue will increase your overall metabolism, meaning you burn more calories even when you’re at rest. Sounds like a great idea, right?
But in order to build muscle tissue, you need to do two things. First, you perform strength training exercises that train your muscles and encourage their development. And of course you also have to provide your muscles with the fuel they need in order to grow.
So, you go to the gym regularly, or you perform strength exercises at home using your own body weight as resistance. Either method works well, depending upon your goals. After your workout, though, it’s time to reap as much as possible from your hard work. That means refueling your body so that your muscles can appropriately respond to their training.
Calories aren’t just calories, as we all know. You need the right mix of nutrients (protein in particular) to nourish your body after a hard workout. The following snacks combine protein and complex carbs, to help you boost your energy level and feed those muscles the right way.
- One tablespoon of peanut butter with a banana
- One half-cup serving of edamame
- Two eggs, scrambled or poached, with a slice of whole-wheat toast
- Grilled chicken with vegetables or hummus, wrapped in a whole grain tortilla
- A single-serving container of Greek yogurt
- Granola with dried fruit and nuts (look for a variety with low added sugar)
- Protein smoothie (use whey protein, almond milk, and fruit)
- One can of tuna in a whole-wheat pita or wrap
Some of these options make great snacks, while others are more of a meal. Either is fine, depending upon the time of day and your caloric needs. The important thing is to seek a healthy source of protein, and pair it with complex carbs (not sugar). For more help with your weight loss plan or dietary advice in general, call our office to schedule an appointment. We can help you determine your nutritional needs, and put together a plan that helps you reach your goals.