You attend to the gym, working hard pushing weights or running on the treadmill, and you do all that to live a healthy life, burn calories, enhance muscle mass, and keep in shape. But what exactly are you doing when leaving the fitness room? Do you know that your exercise might be ruined by drinking specific beverages?
Here I’ll show you 5 drinks to avoid after exercising.
Carbonated sodas with sugar and sparkling water.
Though thirsty, do not re-hydrate with sweetened carbonated drinks, and that includes also those sweetened drinks for athletes.
Whether it is soda, or the fructose from natural fruit juices, drinks containing a lot of sugar, and after intense physical effort are counterproductive for anyone who wants to lose weight due to the slowing effect of metabolism.
To quench your thirst, re-hydrate and replenish your electrolyte reserve by choosing flat water and by eating a potassium-rich banana.
Avoid energy drinks.
Even though your energy reserves seem to be depleted, don’t go for energy drink after exercising, by all means. Energy drinks contain a lot of additive and a lot of caffeine. Not to mention the high sugar content they have.
Energy drinks are also not letting your body relaxing after the hard effort it put in the workout session and could lead to serious cardiovascular disorders.
If willing to energize after a hard workout session opt for a meal rich in fruits and vegetables.
Also, if exercising at evening or right before bedtime, take a shower and go to bed. Sleeping is the best way to recharge your batteries.
Avoid drinking milk or milk with whole grains.
Under no circumstances do not make the mistake of drinking milk or eating a bowl with milk and whole grains immediately after an intense workout at the gym, especially in the evening.
These are digested harder in the body, and that’s what you DO NOT NEED after training!
Don’t drink beer!
If immediately after working out hard at the gym your friends call you for meeting them at the pub, then you should know that drinking beer is the worst thing you can do after workout.
Beer is a high-calorie beverage and is made of hops, barley, and/or malt, depending on the producer’s recipe. These grains and the high-calorie intake the beer offers will ruin all your hard work at the gym.
Non-alcoholic beer is much more suitable but I wouldn’t recommend it, either. Also, those beers with flavors, such as beers with lemon or other fruity flavors, are even richer in calories than regular beers, therefore are not recommendable after gym, or at any moment, if you ask me.
If with the beer the situation is clear, with spirits the case is a little bit more complex. If invited at a special occasion right after you’ve finished your workout session at the gym, then avoid drinking spirits.
After hard workout session, your organism is lacking of water and other nutrients that have been eliminated through sweat, therefore drinking spirits is a bad idea since alcohol beverages that exceeds 30% in alcohol and will lead to a more massive dehydration.
On the other hand, spirits alcohol beverages have a high-calorie content and don’t fit with the moment you’re in, more specifically right after working out at the gym.
Among spirits beverages, there are whiskey, bourbon, vodka, triple sec, rum (white or black), and absinthe.
If can’t avoid drinking alcohol, go for a glass of wine, especially red wine, because it contains Resveratrol which is a powerful antioxidant and helps maintain a healthy body weight. Also, wine is regulating the blood pressure and is relaxing the body, so it might be ideal for you after a hard workout session.
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