By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—To lose weight, don’t eat anything after working out? Or can
you eat a big meal after working out to reward yourself? A dietitian said that it’s best to eat within 30 minutes after working out, recommending foods rich in protein and carbohydrate.
Many people think that only by eating nothing after exercise, can one lose weight. However, dietitian Yang Cheng-hua said that after exercise, blood will flow to the muscles that had just been worked out, and if no nutrients are replenished in the body to repair muscles damaged from the workout, the results are loss of muscle mass in the short run, and fatigue and loss of desire to work out in the long run.
As for those who think having a big meal after working out won’t make them gain weight, chances are they might have overestimated the intensity of their workout, Yang said. Even though taking in too many calories all of a sudden won’t make you feel tired, but it will pack on the pounds, he said. [FULL STORY]