3 Ways Weightlifting Promotes Healthy Eating Habits.
The leaner, meaner, cleaner-eating version of you.
Weightlifting can promote healthy eating habits in many ways. Three such include promoting hydration, reducing sugar cravings, and using proper portion sizing. Weightlifting encourages hydration by initiating the release of hormones that stimulate thirst receptors. It can reduce cravings for sugary and processed foods by increasing the regulation of hormones associated with feelings of pleasure and reward. Weightlifting can also help regulate our appetites, making it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
One of my favorite parts of my workouts is the moment when I push myself beyond my current limits and I begin to feel the adrenaline coursing through my veins. To choose to push past the pain, even if I have to yell through it, is a high like no other.
When we don’t eat a balanced diet filled with nutritious whole foods and drink plenty of water, we will be able to tell by the fatigue our muscles experience during our workouts. Instead of feeling stronger, over time we will feel more tired and weak as our workout journey progresses.
Weightlifting increases blood flow. This helps in delivering oxygen and nutrients to our muscles, which allows them to function properly. As our muscles work harder during weightlifting, they generate heat, which leads to sweating. This sweat helps cool our bodies down and expel excess water and salt.
Weightlifting promotes hydration by increasing our thirst response. Since We are losing water and other vital nutrients and electrolytes when we burn calories in the gym. The same process that allows our bodies to generate heat and cool down also initiates the release of hormones such as vasopressin and angiotensin, which stimulate our thirst receptors encouraging us to rehydrate, and even stay hydrated after our workouts.
Sometimes we even misinterpret this thirst response as hunger and end up eating more when our bodies are trying to indicate the replacement of water that we lost while…