As you get more committed and focused on your workout routine, one thing that you should always take with utmost importance is what you eat before and after your workout sessions.
Far too many people just 'wing' their nutrition and this is going to have a profound influence on the results that you see.
The choices of food you eat during these times are what will prepare it for the workout and help to kick-start your body for recovery, so this is why we said you should not take it lightly.
"Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments."
Exactly! Let's look at the most optimal pre and post workout meal set-ups.
Before Your Workout
The first step is to consider what you want to eat.
You should take this meal let’s say 30-60 minutes prior your workout sessions, but it depends on how your body works this food might come sooner or later.
So, make sure you take it at the time you will cramp up and also make sure that this mean is primarily protein and carbohydrate-based, with little or no fat at all (fat will only weigh you down during the workout).
So, try and consume foods with lean protein like chicken, turkey, fish, and egg whites combine with complex carbohydrates like quinoa, sweet potatoes, brown rice, or oats.
Avoid sugary carbs at all cost as they tend to provide a fast burst of energy, and make your blood sugar to drop mid-session which means you will feel weak and dizzy at the end of your session.
But, make sure you find out what works for you, the fact that your partner or friend is eating something does not mean it will work for you.
You can also try out food like fruits, which are full of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants, as they offer you numerous health benefits.
After Your Workout
Figuring out what food to eat after your workout can be challenging as you might have a busy schedule in between.
However, because your body system just expended a lot of energy and needs refueling, this makes the meal you have after a workout by far the most important meal for you.
Nutrition is essential for the healthy recovery of your muscles, becoming fit, and maintaining lean muscle. Your body needs enough fuel to grow stronger after your exercise.
So, drink enough water at least every ten to fifteen minutes during and after your workout.
Also, eat a mixture of protein and carbohydrates after a workout, and they can include fruit and vegetable juice with a toast, veggie omelet, eggs and sandwich, protein shakes, chocolate milk, dried fruits and nuts, and protein bars.
Be sure to avoid eating fats since they slow down digestion. The first hour after your workout is called "golden hour," and is the most important regarding what you do to replenish the body.
If you follow these simple tips, you'll be fueling your body in the right way so you can more efficiently meet your fitness goals.