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4 things you must do immediately after your workout to lose even more weight

Published on:22 December 2020, 14:31pm IST
Don’t we all want to burn more calories, long after our workout is done? Well, you can by just following these simple and sustainable weight loss tips!
Geetika Sachdev
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Maximise your workout with these four tips. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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You might be dedicated to your workouts—spending at least an hour pumping it up in the gym or burning those calories in some other way! That sounds great, but do you think that’s enough? Oh no, we don’t mean you need to add more exercise to your routine. But you need to be smart about weight loss, because what you do post your workout really helps you to keep that fat off! 

We want our bodies to burn calories, long after our workouts. But for that, we need to take a few steps to maximise the results. Don’t worry, they are very simple and easy to sustain. So, are you all set to find out about these miraculous weight loss tips? 

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1. Get your dose of magnesium

This nutrient is used in almost everything that your body does, even to effectively exercise and build muscle. Whether it is protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, or blood glucose control—magnesium is the king! But not many know that we lose this nutrient when we exercise hard, that’s why it is important to replenish its levels in the body. That’s why you must stock up on magnesium-rich foods such as dark leafy greens, milk, almonds, cashews, fish or even avocado, and you could whip up something healthy and delicious to eat after your workout.

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2. Give yourself a massage

That sounds so relaxing, doesn’t it? But it’s a known fact that massaging your body post a workout is good for you! That’s because it speeds up recovery time, and at the same time, it can improve muscle strength. Research suggests that working up the lactic acid that builds up in your muscles can be painful, but you feel sweet relief later! Now, that’s totally worth it.

In case you can’t go out to get a massage, invest in a good foam roller, and try some relaxing massages at home. But remember, breath work is critical during a self-massage, it will help your central nervous system relax, and then your muscles.

3. Consume protein 30-60 minutes after your workout

Haven’t we all spotted fitness freaks gulping down protein shakes in the gym locker room? Well, they don’t just do it to look cool—there’s a perfectly valid reason for drinking protein shakes. After you work out vigorously, your muscles are depleted of their stored forms of energy, whether it is carbohydrates and glycogen. At the same time, they are ripe to absorb nutrients to kickstart the repair process. This is the time when you should introduce a good source of carbohydrate or protein source, 30 to 60 minutes after you are done.

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Stay high on protein to save yourself from muscle loss. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

This is the easiest hack to follow, and goes a long way in helping you with a toned body! When you work out hard, you sweat a lot, don’t you? That means your body is losing water, and you need to replace it. That’s why it is important to have at least three to four glasses of water after your workout. That’s not all — even before your workout, you must have two glasses of water, and even while working out, have a few sips during every break.

Dehydration is a big risk, if you do not drink water after your workout. Not to forget, fatigue, loss of coordination, and even muscle cramps!

So ladies, follow these weight loss tips, and burn calories even post your workout!

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Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.