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Current issue | Issue 1122, 15 - 21 November 2012
Wednesday,26 September, 2018
Issue 1122, 15 - 21 November 2012

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous


Toned body

Being fit and sexy is plausible. If you want to be in shape, just follow these expert tips.

7 things we should not do after a meal:

  1. Don’t smoke. Smoking one cigarette after a meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes during the day and raises cancer risk.
  2. Don’t eat fruits immediately. Take fruits 1-2 hours after a meal or one hour before a meal.
  3. Don’t drink tea. Tea leaves contain a high content of acid, which will cause the protein content in the food we consume to be difficult to digest.
  4. Don’t walk about. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food consumed.
  5. Don’t loosen your belt. This might cause the intestines to be twisted and blocked.
  6. Don’t sleep immediately. Food is not digested properly when we are asleep and this could lead to gastric disturbances.
  7. Don’t bathe. Bathing after a meal will increase blood flow to the hands, legs and body, thus reducing the amount of blood around the stomach and weakening the digestive system.

It’s important to eat something about 30 minutes after the workout to replace the fluids and glycogen (muscle fuel), but it’s even more important to eat something right. A recent study in a medical journal points out that eating the wrong foods will undo the time and effort you set aside to get fit.

4 wrong foods after exercise:

  1. Salty snacks. An excess of salt will drive down your levels of potassium. You can easily resolve this loss by eating a handful of dried fruit or a banana.
  2. Weight-loss crudités. Do not reach for celery and carrot sticks as snack. Choose a combination of carbs and protein to maintain a healthy metabolic rate. Eggs and toast is perfect after a morning workout. A half cup of cottage cheese and a peanut butter sandwich or a handful of nuts for evening workouts.
  3. Too many fats: Avoid fatty snacks and mini-meals such as French fries, oily pizza or fast-food burgers.
  4. Sugar-high energy bars, fruit drinks and sodas. Fructose from fruit juice and sugar from soft drinks set your metabolism back to slow. Reach instead for bottled
  5. water or unsweetened iced tea.

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