Snacking Your Way to Health
Too many snacks between meals are obviously not good for you. There is a way to use healthy snacks to build muscle and shed fat while making you feel better. A recent study found that having a high protein and carbohydrate snack after working out can help improve your overall well-being.
The researchers looked at exercisers who were snacking after a work-out. They gave these exercisers a 250-calorie shake with 24 grams of protein and 36 grams of carbs right after they did a strength training session. These people were followed for six months. At the end of the study session, those who drank the shake lost about four pounds more fat and added almost two pounds more lean muscle than those who did not drink the shake after their work-outs.
So what are the best post-exercise snacks? Try a banana with peanut butter, a wedge of cheese and an apple, a couple of hard-boiled eggs and some dried fruit, or your favorite protein shake. For the most bang for your buck, try to eat your snack within 30 minutes.