Energy Bars, Raw Veggies and 15 More Foods You Shouldn't Eat After a Workout

You've just treated your body well by getting your heart rate and calorie burn going. Here's why what you eat and drink right after you work out is just as important (17 Photos)

Hilary Walke on Sep 19, 2012 at 1:22PM

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Energy Bars, Raw Veggies and 15 More Foods You Shouldn't Eat After a Workout

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The Importance of Post-Workout Meals

What you eat right after you work out can be even more important than what you eat the rest of the day. The best post-workout meals combine water, complex carbohydrates and a moderate (not huge) amount of protein, according to registered dietitian Dina Aronson, R.D. Your body primarily uses glucose (sugar) to fuel your workout, so when you're done, you need foods that raise your blood sugar steadily -- not spike it -- to replenish what you burned. Read in to find out what to eat and avoid after a workout.

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