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What to Eat After a Workout to Lose Weight

Post-workout snacks or meals are a vital part of your diet if you're trying to lose weight. You want to choose something that has a balance of healthy protein and carbohydrates to replenish your body after a taxing workout. It's best to choose low-calorie foods that will keep you satiated after your workout.

Protein shakes are favorites among experienced exercisers, as they will provide your body with protein. The protein shake is absorbed quickly in the body and will repair and rebuild muscle tissue that has been torn during exercise. Protein shakes come in a variety of flavors and brands that contain different micronutrient content. If you're trying to lose weight, then it's best to find a low-sugar, high-protein powder.

Hummus, a dip made from pureed chickpeas, gives you both carbs and protein when coupled with the slow-release energy from the whole wheat pita, and it makes for a snack that will keep you fueled for hours, says FitnessMagazine.com. Both these foods provide nutrients, vitamins and minerals while satiating your appetite, which will help you attain your fitness goals.

Half of a sandwich can be satisfying while providing your body with nutrients that aid in weight loss. Tuna is a source of lean protein, and whole wheat bread is a complex carb that provides a healthy serving of carbohydrates along with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Add some lemon juice and olive oil for extra flavor that is low in calories.

Dairy products like milk and yogurt work double duty, providing both protein and carbohydrates, while bananas are packed with potassium and magnesium, powerful electrolytes for healthy muscle function, says CNN.com. Create a smoothie using your favorite fruit, protein powder, low-fat milk or low-fat frozen yogurt to satisfy your sweet tooth while providing your body with essential recovery nutrients.

Granola is a great grab-and-go snack because it can be left in your desk at work or in the glove compartment. Granola is a healthy alternative to grabbing something from a vending machine or stopping by a drive-thru. Add it to yogurt or eat it by the handful to enjoy healthy carb and protein benefits. However, be aware of the calorie content in granola and exercise portion control if necessary.

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