I don’t know about you but on the days that I do Syphus Training (High Intensity Interval Training) ALL.DAY.CONSTANT.HUNGER is an understatement! No seriously though, my appetite is taken to a whole new level!! My body is in need of some serious nutrition and replenishment.
So what should you do on the days you have an intense workout? What and how should you eat?
Is it ok to shovel food down the hatch all day because heck, you DESERVE it! You just did a crazy hard workout!
Taking that approach could actually RUIN all your workout efforts !
Should you instead eat small precisely balanced meals all throughout the day?
Heck NO !!!! Who wants to micro manage food all day? Maybe if your a body builder but that’s another story and not me!
The REAL way to tame all day post workout hunger is to……….
Eat. More. Healthy. Fats !!!
Shocker especially if your in the “fitness industry” and you’ve been brainwashed to eat massive amounts of protein and little fat. (Don’t worry that was me too a long while ago).
If you struggle with being constantly hungry all day after a hard workout just eat 3 balanced meals a day (maybe more if you are an elite athlete) with 50%
complex carbs, 25% clean protein and a good hearty serving of healthy fats! Sure a grass-fed whey protein shake here or there in between meals is fine just be sure to add in some healthy fat!
Don’t be afraid of FAT it is truly your fitness friend! Healthy fats help your body absorb nutrients, which keep you nourished after your workouts.
A body fueled up with healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut oil, and real butter) is way more prepared to handle and recover from the stress of exercise — and to be able to use that exercise to get more fit!!
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Healthy Fats Include
|Olives and Olive oil (make sure it’s certified and pure)||Coconuts and coconut oil (excellent for cooking as it can withstand higher temperatures without oxidizing)||Butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk|
|Raw nuts, such as macadamia and pecans||Seeds like black sesame, cumin, pumpkin and hemp seeds||Avocados|
|Grass fed meats||Lard and tallow (excellent for cooking)||Ghee (clarified butter)|
|Raw cacao butter||Organic pastured egg yolks||Animal-based omega-3 fat such as krill oil and small fatty fish like sardines and anchovies|
Note AVOID at all costs unhealthy fats such as Corn, Soybean, Canola, Safflower, and Sunflower oils.
AVOID THESE!!! Manmade unhealthy fats contribute to heart disease, are full of trans fats, are highly refined polyunsaturated, and one of the driving forces in our obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer epidemics.
Being extra hungry on days you do an intense workout out is completely normal but don’t sabotage all your hard work by eating the wrong foods and eating all day. Get your hunger satisfied and under control by eating three well balanced meals and most important more healthy FAT at each meal.
A few examples would be 2-3 scrambled eggs with spinach and a side of avocado or another meal could be 1-2 chicken thighs, sweet potato and butter on top and a side salad dressed in olive oil/vinegar. I have put together many more meals like this in my 14 day REAL Food REAL Fitness RESET program.
Switching what you have been led to believe for years about fat may be the key factor in regaining your health, reaping all your workout efforts, and maintaining overall wellness !!
Be Well! 🙂
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P.S. Did you catch me on the FORM FIRST PODCAST?? I share a few more pre/post workout eating tips