Did you know that the food you eat before and after working out can have an impact on how effective your exercise regime is?
Working out takes energy, and the food that you use to fuel that energy makes a big difference. When you fuel up on the right nutrients you can superpower your workout and make the most of your time in the gym.
What to Eat Before the Gym
Some people swear by working out on an empty stomach, but studies have shown that because you have no food in your system to use as fuel this can cause your body to burn your muscle reserves for energy.
You are going to the gym to build muscle, not deplete it so it is better to eat a small meal before working out to give yourself some energy.
This meal should include lean protein, lots of fiber, complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, and a small amount of fat. These types of foods take longer to absorb and make you feel fuller for longer, and they provide lots of fuel to energize you for your workout.
A great pre-workout snack would be whole wheat bread with peanut butter and a banana, scrambled eggs and toast with fruit, or a protein shake or smoothie made with yogurt and fruit. If it is less than one hour before the workout, go for a small meal but if you have more than two hours before you get to the gym you can eat more.
What to Eat After the Gym
Once you are finished working out, you should be drinking lots of water to replenish the sweat that you have lost.
Within one hour of finishing your workout, you should have another small snack with high quality protein, because this will help build your muscles and aid your body in recovering.
Nourishing your body with healthy proteins and complex carbs before and after a workout will give it the fuel to build muscle and become stronger.