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Sunday, August 11, 2013

4 Ways to Curb Food Cravings After Exercise

Exercise is not only good for the body and the mind, it also can increase your life expectancy. The more your exercise, the greater the expectation that you will live a longer life. Just walking briskly a total of 75 minutes a week can add 1.8 years to your life expectancy. It's hard work, and the last thing you want to do is jeopardize the effectiveness of all that exercise by eating the wrong foods.

Exercise can increase the appetite, leaving many people to believe that as long as they are exercising, they are burning off all the calories from that hot fudge sundae they treat themselves to afterwards. Not true. Walking at a very brisk pace will burn 295 - 465 calories per hour, depending on your size. Compare this to the average number of calories in one slice (who stops at one?) of pepperoni pizza--300, and you can see how quickly all the benefits of exercise can be sabotaged.

Here are 4 ways to curb your appetite after exercise.

#1 Eat often

There is a reason why body builders seem to eat all the time. Eating every 3-4 hours will help maintain a normal blood sugar level. This is important because when blood sugar spikes, it will produce more body fat. But make sure you are eating low-calorie snacks that will not add more than 200 calories.

#2 Increase protein

Food high in protein will satisfy hunger and keep your appetite under control by making you feel full. High protein foods include eggs, milk, soy milk, yogurt, oatmeal, nuts, beans, whole grains, low fat dairy, fish, lean meats, and poultry, just to name a few. This gives you lots of options for a hearty breakfast of oatmeal and healthy snacks like nuts and yogurt during the day.

#3 Eat more fiber

Like protein, high-fiber foods will satisfy you quicker and fill you up. They are also low on calories. A raw apple with the skin has only 116 calories and 7 carrot sticks have a total of 35 calories. Bulky foods like beans and peas are also good. Try hummus, which is mashed up chick peas. It is delicious and only 27 calories per serving.

#4 Drink lots of water

Water is not only good for you but it suppresses your appetite. Drinking more water, especially during and after exercise, will help keep the munchies away.

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