Your nutrition choices can either support your hard-work in the gym or they can hinder your chances of reaching your goals. Plenty of people do not like to eat anything before their workouts. This is a HUGE mistake. The body needs energy in order to get optimal results.
We need to wake up our metabolism up in order to burn fat. With nothing in your stomach, your body will burn muscle instead of fat. To rev your metabolism up, you should eat (at least a little bit) before you work out.
It is also good to eat within a 1 hour period after your workout. During this post-workout period your metabolism is working at peak levels. You want to make sure that the body is able to burn fat during this time instead of muscle.
Each individual needs a different ratio of protein to carbohydrates to fats in their diet. For this reason, I could not tell you what the “perfect” pre-workout snack for you. (That is unless you come in for a nutritional analysis*). Even if you don’t know the “perfect” ratios for your body, it is best to at least combine a carbohydrate, protein and a fat into your pre-workout snack.
Here are a few good options that you can choose from. It is important to notice how you feel after you eat. You might want to eat 30 minutes before your workout so that you have time to digest your food. You may want to alternate between these options and figure out which option is best for you.
1. 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt with 1 Tbsp flax seeds and 5-6 chopped almonds
2. 1/2 a Rise protein bar or 1/2 a Jay Rob protein bar.
3. An apple with peanut butter and a hard-boiled egg
4. Strawberry and Kale Smoothie OR Strawberry Banana Smoothie:
1/2 banana, 2-3 strawberries, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 scoop protein powder (I like vanilla vega) and 2 ice cubes
If you can’t get some protein in then at least combine a quality carbohydrate and a healthy fat.
What do you usually eat before you workout? Please share!
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