How to Prevent Overeating After Exercise

by Gina Paulhus, Owner of Home Bodies

Sometimes working out, although great for our fitness, backfires when we are trying to diet. Exercise can result in increased hunger causing us to overeat after exercise. Exercise can also cause us to tell ourselves we 'deserve' to eat more. Here are some tips on how to prevent exercise-induced overeating.

*Educate yourself on how many calories workouts really burn, and educate yourself on how many calories are contained in certain foods.

*Be aware of the tendency to justify extra food or junk food after a workout.

*Have a small snack before a workout so that you are not ravenous right after.

*Sometimes appetite really does increase after exercise, so try to plan your largest meal after a workout so that you can eat more without harming your overall caloric limits.

*Make sure you hydrate well with water during and after workouts, because thirst is often mistaken for hunger.

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