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While I may be no dietician, I do tend to worry about the utter pointlessness of going to the gym and then pigging out after an intense workout. It’s self-defeating and ultimately a double waste of money.

Here are a few good places to eat in after hitting the gym.





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What it is: A roast chicken place.

Where: There’s a branch in Makati Cinema Square.

What to get: Roast chicken. Make sure you go for white meat, and if you can resist it, avoid the chicken skin (good luck).

Alternatives: You can also try Andok’s, Baliwag, or any similar roast chicken places. Kenny Roger’s isn’t a bad idea, either.

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What It Is: An Italian restaurant.

Where: Don Bosco Makati, Megamall, several other branches all over the metro.

What To Get: Red sauce pasta, such as their Bolognese. Yeah, the noodles are unavoidable carbs, but it’s not so bad.

Alternatives: Any other Italian restaurant, really, such as Italianni’s or Aveneto. And speaking of red sauce spaghetti, avoid the fast food variety.

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What it is: A juice place.

Where: Megamall, Katipunan, everywhere, it seems.

What to get: Anything that involves bananas or oranges, and ask them to minimize the sugar or syrup, if possible. Do this only if you’re confident not eating a full meal won’t be the death of you.

Alternatives: Any other juice place that doesn't put milk and too much sugar like Big Chill. Better yet, brew the post-workout shake yourself.

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What it is: Japanese buffet(!) .

Where: Eastwood and EDSA near Annapolis.

What to get: Salmon, salmon, and more salmon. Maybe a bit of the other sashimi, and even a bit of the non-marbled meat selections they have to offer, and a helping of Sukiyaki, if available. Mostly low-calorie, high-protein, and something you can get with minimal guilt if you want to pig out after a workout (but why?!?).

Alternatives: Any other Japanese restaurant, buffet or otherwise, that offers salmon like Saisaki, or any other restaurant that offers non-fried salmon without a helping of cream .

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What it is: An all-day breakfast place.

Where: There’s one branch in Glorietta 4.

What to get: You can get anything they have involving fruits and pancakes, or if you want to load up on proteins, you can go all the way up to their unlimited rib-eye for 799 pesos. Lay off the gravy, though.

Alternatives: IHOP, Milky and Sunny, and even Pancake House all have you covered with the breakfast food. You can try any other steakhouse for your protein loading, though I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend it for obvious reasons.

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What it is: A Persian restaurant.

Where: There’s a branch in Metrowalk, and several others.

What to get: Hummus and yogurt shake. Meat-free and filling.

Alternatives: Any other Persian restaurant with hummus, such as Persepolis and Mr. Kebab.

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What It Is: A vegetarian restaurant.

Where: SM Foodcourts, and Banawe Street.

What To Get: Vegetarian Kare-Kare.

Alternatives: Any other vegetarian place would be great.

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What it is: A Chinese restaurant.

Where: There’s one branch near Pasay Road.

What to get: The Monk’s Plate. It’s a vegetarian-friendly dish with tofu, noodles, vegetables, and peanut sauce to taste. A surefire favourite for someone who wants to eat light.

Alternatives: I’m sure most full-fledged vegetarian restaurants would have something similar to offer.

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Kel Fabie

Kel Fabie. is a DJ, host, mentalist, satirist, comedian, and a long-time contributor to 8List (Hello, ladies!). He has an Oscar, a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and two other weirdly-named pet dogs. He blogs on mistervader.com.

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