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5 Foods You Should Eat Before And After Exercise To Maximize Weight Loss

5 Foods You Should Eat Before And After Exercise To Maximize Weight Loss

It’s no surprise that eating certain foods can help you lose weight; however, you might not be aware that eating certain foods before and/or after exercising can optimize weight loss. That said, some foods are better than others – with complex carbs and protein an ideal choice before exercising and simple carbs with protein a prudent choice after exercising. It’s also recommended by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Medicine that you don’t wait longer than two hours after exercising to eat something or it can negate the effects of working out.

The science behind this suggests that poor nourishment before exercising can force your body to draw energy from your liver and kidneys, making it harder to lose weight. As for nourishment post-workout, exercising depletes your muscle’s glycogen reserves so you need to replenish them as soon as possible. It’s recommended you do this within 30 minutes of working out while your metabolism is most active, which will increase the likelihood of burning excess fat.

Before Exercise: Nuts

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Almonds

    Nuts of almost any variety contain loads of protein, especially almonds, which also contain heart-healthy fats and fiber. A 100 gram serving of almonds typically contains about 3.9 grams of carbohydrates, an ideal amount for even the toughest of workouts. If almonds aren’t available, walnuts are just as good. Of course, always drink plenty of water to wash the nuts down and remain hydrated!

    Before Exercise: Oatmeal and Berries

    Oatmeal and Blueberries

      Oatmeal is always a health choice when it comes to food, but it’s even more useful as a pre-workout food since it contains lots of protein. However, we need to include some blueberries for their carb content. The berries have the added advantage of being full of vitamin C, potassium (good for your liver) and fiber. Combining these two foods gives you all the necessary nutrition for an optimal workout.

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      Before exercise: Whole-grain bread with low-fat cheese

      Wholegrain Bread

        This is a simple choice and it might be the preferred option for those on a tight schedule. Believe it or not, this food’s simplicity doesn’t hinder its nutritional value. It gives you lots of healthy protein and a sustained level of carbs, as opposed to a sharp spike typically given by other carbs. The choice of cheese is yours really, as long as it is low in fat!

        After exercise: Whey protein with almond milk

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        Whey Protein

          There are pros and cons when it comes to protein shakes, but for the purposes of quick sustenance and some much needed nutrition after exercising, a shake is ideal – it requires little digestion so your body absorbs it quickly. We suggest mixing the shake using almond milk since it is rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium.

          After exercise: Scrambled eggs with a glass of OJ

          Scrambled Eggs

            Eggs are one of the easiest sources of protein in the world; however, they are almost free of carbs (1.1 grams per 100 grams of eggs). That’s why we suggest consuming some scrambled eggs with a small glass of pure orange juice, ideally freshly squeezed at home. This combination gives you fiber, vitamins A, C, and D as well as protein and calcium. In case you’re wondering about whether or not to keep the yolks: celebrity trainer Russell Bateman says:

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            “Throwing away the yolk is a big no-no…it’s packed full of essential nutrients.”

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            Last Updated on June 13, 2019

            5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

            5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

            Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

            You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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            1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

            It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

            Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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            2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

            If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

            3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

            If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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            4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

            A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

            5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

            If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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            Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

            Featured photo credit: Becca Tapert via unsplash.com

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