It is no secret that millions of people struggle with their weight. Having a neuromuscular disease like Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome can pose some unique challenges to weight loss, especially when designing an exercise and diet routine. If you have Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome, moderate exercise is usually best, especially when combined with a healthy diet.
One of the challenges facing people with CMT is fact that CMT muscles can take longer to recover from exercise. Because a person with CMT cant exercise as hard as someone without CMT, it is important to watch your diet. The foods that you eat need to do more than just fill you up. Everything you put into your body needs to do double duty, whether it is increasing metabolism, lowering cholesterol, or helping your muscles recover faster after a workout.
We are not doctors, so we urge you to consult a doctor before beginning an exercise plan. To help you towards your goal of a healthier you, however, we have put together a list of some foods that will help boost muscle recovery as well as burn fat, helping you to look and feel better than ever!
It turns out that Popeye has been right all along! A recent study found that a compound in spinach increase protein synthesis, which helps your muscles repair faster after you work out. So when you finish your walk around the block, trade out the iceberg lettuce in your evening salad for some spinach and give your muscles a helping hand.
Who knew that something so delicious would also help with muscle recovery? Pineapples are packed with bromelain and papain, two enzymes that have anti-inflammatory properties, which is great for recovering muscles. One slice contains 27 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 7 grams of carbs. Pair it with a cup of low fat cottage cheese and you will have a nutritious snack that is low in fat and high in protein perfect for weight loss!
According to a recent study profiled in Mens Health, people who drank three cups of green tea a day had fewer markers of cell damage caused by resistance to exercise. While it is not known if that finding can be applied to CMT muscles, it is hopeful news. Also, green tea is loaded with antioxidants called catechins, which help speed up your metabolism. That will help you lose weight even when you are not exercising!
Recent studies have confirmed what five year olds have been telling us for years chocolate milk is a health drink. Actually, they might be right. Because milk has more potassium and electrolytes than water, it does a better job at rehydrating the body after exercise. The added chocolate helps with muscle recovery by balancing the carbs, protein, and fat. Eight ounces of lowfat chocolate milk has 158 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbs, 425 grams of potassium, and 8 grams of protein. Got milk?
Even though eggs have suffered from a bad reputation for a long time, they have finally started to make a comeback. Perhaps it is because people who eat more protein tend to burn more calories a day 71 calories a day to be exact, according to British researchers. We recommend a heart-healthy version of scrambled eggs 1 whole egg and 1 egg white, scrambled together with oz of lowfat cheese. Eat it within an hour of getting up and you will jumpstart your metabolism for the day. In fact, eating anything within 1 hour of getting up will rev up your metabolism, so think twice before skipping breakfast.
We should note that these studies were done on non-CMT muscles, so we can’t offer any guarantees as to how it will work for CMT muscles. However, a healthy diet is always good and this list of foods may help you optimize your exercise sessions while also helping you lose weight. Enjoy!