Whatever Phase of the diet you’re on, exercise is essential for achieving and maintaining your weight loss, and snacking after exercise allows you to recover lost energy and prepare for the next activity in your day.
The amount you eat for a snack will depend on the length and intensity of your workout. If you’re doing 20 minutes of interval or core training, for example, then you probably won’t need to refuel. But for those who participate in sustained high-intensity workouts, a snack can be essential.
Research suggests that the best post-workout snack is a combination of lean protein and good carbohydrates. If you’re on Phase 1, enjoy fat-free or low-fat plain yogurt (Greek yogurt is particularly high in protein), natural peanut butter, a 2-ounce container of hummus, a little reduced-fat cheese, or a slice or two of a lean deli meat with some cut-up veggies. On Phase 2, you can have the same, plus a slice of whole-wheat bread or a whole-wheat pita. If you don't have time to prepare a snack, try one of our 100-Calorie Snack Bars, a Protein Fit Cereal Bar, or a Snack Smoothie from our new line of South Beach Diet products. They’re all convenient options for Phase 2 and beyond.