Have you ever wondered, “Why am I hungrier on a day when I lift weights vs. the day when I do a cardio workout?” Most people would think that you’d have a large appetite on the day that you do a cardio workout simply because our mindset is that the cardio workout burns more calories than a lifting workout, right??? Actually, studies prove that the after-burn effect of the weight lifting workout will typically burn more calories throughout the entire day, thus boosting your metabolism and leaving you feeling a bit hungrier!
A Great Recovery Shake!
Resistance exercise (weight lifting) is a key component of exercise recommendations for weight control because the more muscle you have on your body, the faster your body burns the calories that you put in it! To give you an example: 1 Pound of Lean Body Mass (muscle) burns 15-50 calories daily, while 1 Pound of Fat only burns 6 calories daily! So as you can see from this example, it is clear that the more muscle you are able to sustain on your body and/or that you build, you will likely need more calories! WOW – more muscle = more food! That sounds like a win!
So, we know that more muscle is going to lead to greater results, and we get there with a combination of cardio and resistance training. But —What about hunger? A good workout could suppress your appetite for as long as 2 hours afterward, and researchers speculate that the effect could have something to do with ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone. Exercise seems to suppress this hormone, leading to less hunger directly after a workout. However, when we look at the example above and see that the lean muscle mass is requiring more energy throughout the day, it is a “no brainer” that you may feel hungrier after a weight lifting workout simply because your muscle is requiring more energy throughout the day!
As you know, at Ellipse we believe that exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. You will not obtain or keep the results that you are looking for in your physique by simply exercising and continuing to fill your body with “empty” or “less than nutritious” foods. Our Pro-Shop shelves are stocked with supplements to help you recover after your workouts and our blog is loaded with great recipes to keep you on track! Next time you are in need of a nutritious recipe to take to a party or want a healthy recipe to cook at home, check out the blog or ask your Ellipse Coach for some suggestions!
Here is a shake recipe that will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in good health!
1.5 Scoops Chocolate Mint Whey Protein Powder
1 Cup Fat-free Milk
1 Cup Crushed Ice
2 Drops of GREEN Food Coloring
Directions: Add all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth and creamy! If you want to cut the sugar a bit, try Unsweetened Almond Milk in place of regular milk.
Exchanges: 1 Milk, 5 Extra Lean Proteins
Planning to down some corned beef and cabbage in celebration for St. Patrick’s Day? The average calories in one meal of corned beef and cabbage is 942 calories and 59 grams of fat! Now add on two green beers and that adds on another 250 calories, for a whopping total of 1192 calories! This is equivalent to the calorie burn of 2-3 Ellipse workouts! If this is your favorite indulgence – then go for it! But if you’d rather save your calories, give this shake recipe a try instead. This shake recipe is the perfect treat after a workout with tons of protein to help with muscle recovery!