Fit but overweight? Take a look at your plate. Protein is important, but complex carbs like veggies and beans are key to shedding pounds.
Sometimes we think that, because we work out, we can eat whatever we want. But research shows that more athletes are overweight than ever before. “One of the potential causes of extra weight among athletes may be the ‘healthy halo’ that athletes tend to put on their food and beverage intake when they are active,” says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, director of wellness coaching at the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. “For example, some runners I know feel that they can load up on foods high in sugars, fats and salt because they are running a few miles. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.” Here are Jamieson-Petonic’s tips for staying fit and trim while working out:
• Focus on slow-digesting, or complex carbs like legumes, fruits and vegetables, and 100 percent whole grains. These foods will provide longer-lasting energy, are rich in nutrients, and tend to be lower in calories than stripped carbs, so they’ll help you reach or maintain a healthy weight.
• Load up on fruits and veggies. These foods offer a multitude of vitamins and minerals, plus plenty of fiber for staying power.
• Hydrate. Even slight dehydration (approximately 2 percent) can hinder performance and weight loss. Keep in mind that your body is 60 to 70 percent water, and keep your tanks full for optimum functioning.
source: Cleveland Clinic Wellness