Protein and Exercise

7/11/13 

Happy Thursday everyone!  Hopefully everyone is staying cool out there!  If you’re anything like me you feel like you’ve been melting for the past two days.  Summer is here!  And speaking of sweating, let’s talk about working up a sweat in the gym, or outside, in your home or wherever you go to get in a work out.  Adding in exercise to your healthy eating on program is a great way to feel amazing and see some amazing results!

Depending on the frequency and intensity of your workouts, your may need to add in some extra PWLC nutritional supplements or snacks to help support them and keep your weight loss going at a good pace.  Sounds a little backwards right?  Eating more to lose more?  For those of you who are calorie counters, adding in more calories might seem nerve wracking at first but I PROMISE you, it will help you in the long run.  Those extra supplements are there for a reason, so don’t hesitate to use them!  Your body needs that extra protein post-workout to help repair your muscles and adapt to the workouts themselves.  Think of it as locking in all the hard work you just did throughout that workout.  Not only that, but if you are burning off more calories than your body is consuming per day and not giving it anything to replace them, you can fall into a “starvation mode” and your body will hang onto every little bit of weight it can out of pure survival techniques.  So be sure to get in one of your extra nutritional supplements within an hour after you exercise to receive the best benefit.  Don’t want to waste that workout!

I’ve also heard many inquiries about eating pre-workout.  There has been a lot of research and debate about what is best: eating before a workout or working out on an empty stomach.  Many believe that you burn more fat on an empty stomach while others feel it makes your energy level lower, thus making your workout less effective and fewer calories are burned.  Technically, both are right to a certain point.  Our bodies do actually burn more fat during a cardio workout on an empty stomach, but key word being DURING.  Our bodies may let go of more fat during the workout, but it becomes less efficient in burning calories and fat throughout the day than if you ate something an hour or two before hopping on that treadmill.  As a matter of fact, working out on an empty stomach actually slows your body’s ability to burn fat throughout the rest of the day.  It also lowers your energy level so your workouts aren’t as vigorous as they could be, so your body may burn away some muscle as well as fat.  Eating before a workout makes you burn more carbs than fat during the workout, but the rest of the day is a continuous calorie burning party!  It is important to take into consideration how this will affect your weight loss in the long range rather than in the moment.  So if you don’t eat a meal an hour or two before a workout, at least get in a PWLC snack bar or crunchy snack to give your body a good combination of carbohydrates and protein to help your body perform to its best potential!