Fitness Foods That Cause Weight Gain

By: JESSICA WESSON

Edited by: CHRISTINA COLAVECCHIA

You are starving after a long workout and the easiest thing to grab with your on-the-go schedule is an energy bar. While this may be the easiest option for you, it may not be the best nutrition-wise. This is a mistake that many people make because these bars appear very helpful in replenishing or energizing the body. However, it is known that many ‘fitness foods,’ such as energy bars or protein shakes, are nothing but calorie- and sugar-packed treats. Many protein bars have been compared to candy bars. Would you want to eat a large Snickers bar after completing an awesome workout? I know I wouldn’t.

Sports nutritionist Eve Pearson says, “If you add these products to your diet without subtracting other foods, you’re just adding back the calories you’re burning during exercise.” There are several great pre- and post-workout snacks that are probably already in your pantry. My go-to pre-workout snack is a handful of almonds and a piece of fruit. It gives me a great amount of energy and is not too filling. A great post-workout snack is something that has carbohydrates and protein. Whipping up a healthy smoothie or even a simple peanut butter sandwich is a great option. It is very important to refuel your body after a workout, even if you are not hungry.

If you absolutely have no time and a bar is your only choice, be sure to look for ones with 10-30 grams of protein and less than 10 grams of sugar. The thinkThin Chunky Peanut Butter bar is one of my favorites because it is sugar and gluten free. As far as beverages go, fitness expert Denise Goldman says, “Water is perfectly fine to consume during workouts. Chocolate milk is a great drink to consume after a strenuous workout to replenish your body [as opposed to] a calorie- or sugar-packed bar or beverage.”

There are some great packaged snacks out there, just be sure to look at the nutrition content when grabbing certain ‘fitness foods’ in order to avoid unwanted ingredients.

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