When you are working out for weight loss and feel like you're on a roll as far as staying committed, it's common to think you deserve to reward yourself with something delicious. And you do! However, balance is still important, and it's key to focus on what you're putting into your body to ensure you're not sabotaging your hard work and allowing yourself to continue to feel great.
If your goal is weight loss, you should avoid post-workout foods that are high in fat and sugar and low in protein, such as fast-food meals, pizza, or high-sugar breakfast items like pancakes and doughnuts, said Starla Garcia, M.Ed, RDN, LD, a registered dietitian in Houston. "These foods tend to be very calorically dense foods, and we also want foods to have protein-rich sources to help us rebuild, repair, and improve the strength of our muscles after working out so we don't have prolonged fatigue or soreness."