Athletes are generally asked to fill their stomach “tank” with snacks or energy drinks, shortly after they finish exercising. However, for these of us who are working to reduce weight, this action will make the fat that we have burned become useless.
“Because our goal is to make the body lean, then we should not eat back the calories that have been burned,” said Barry S Braun, Director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts.
When we consume back the calories that have been burned, Braun explains, it will bring new risks, namely heart problems. Then, why do athletes actually do the opposite? “Because the sporting goals of an athlete are different from ordinary people. Not only does it make the body healthy, but there is also an element of competition in it. That’s why they always get advice that is the opposite of us. ”
Braun then told of research that had been published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. A total of 10 overweight men and women were used as respondents in their study.
In the first phase of the study, respondents were asked to exercise on the treadmill for one hour a day so that 500 calories could be burned. Then, the respondents were divided into two groups. The first group was given a high-calorie drink shortly after completing the exercise. The second group is only given water.
The exercise they did succeed in reducing insulin levels by up to 40 percent. However, these benefits disappear instantly when the first group consumes these energy drinks. This made Braun and his team curious, did this happen because of the types of calorie drinks given?
Therefore, a second study was conducted. The respondents were asked to ride a bicycle for 75 minutes, and shortly after, the first group was invited to enjoy a high carbohydrate meal. The second group was given food with low carbohydrate levels, but with the same number of calories as the first group.
The result, the ability of insulin to clear traces of sugar in the blood turned out to be better in the second group. That is, the food goes straight with a carbohydrate burning program.
That’s why Braun suggested that we don’t eat snack right after exercising so that our efforts to burn fat and carbohydrates can run successfully. Even if forced to eat, we must choose foods that are not in the form of carbohydrates because these carbohydrates will later invite back the calories we have burned. In fact, the amount can be two times more than what we throw on a treadmill or bicycle.