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Are You Wrecking Your Workout at Mealtime?

By Sara Butler

If you've got your training sessions down but aren't making the progress you expect, then it might be time to take a look at what you're doing during mealtimes. Often, the diet is the missing link for many people when it comes to their healthy living plan and that can have a negative impact on your performance. Here are a few of the most common mistakes made in the kitchen that could be wrecking your workout.

Mistake No. 1: Too Much or Too Little Protein

When it comes to protein you need to channel your inner Goldilocks in order to find just the right amount. A lot of very active people eat too little or too much protein. If you don't eat enough, then your muscles cannot recover from a tough workout and get stronger. If you eat too much, then it can be rough on your kidneys and it can take the place of other important nutrients in your diet.

To solve this problem, find out how much protein you should eat per day and then work on a meal plan that helps you reach it. Once you figure it out, try to stick to it so that you can really start making the progress you want.

Mistake No. 2: Not Enough Iron

When you don't get enough iron, then you can notice that you're more fatigued than you should be during your workout. That can reduce your performance and make exercise much harder than it needs to be. You should never take an iron supplement without the supervision of a medical professional. Instead, make sure to eat iron-rich foods such as:

  • Dark meat turkey or chicken, tuna, salmon, pork, beef, and lamb
  • Iron-fortified whole grains or cereals
  • Beans

Pair your iron-rich foods with something full of Vitamin C, such as berries or sweet potatoes, to help assist your body in absorbing more of it.

Mistake No. 3: You Don't Eat After a Workout

It's important to have a snack to refuel after your workout. If you're not doing it, then your body won't be able to recover as it should. Keep some foods on you to eat on the go after your workouts such as whole grain crackers with peanut butter or Greek yogurt with berries.

Don't let your meals ruin the progress you make with your workouts. If you have questions about nutrition or exercise, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Louis, Mo.

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