Since we were we have been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For many that is true, but for those who are fitting in post/pre work workouts, the meals which they have before and after them can enhance their results.
Dieting and working out doesn’t have to be boring. Think of food as fuel. Make sure that you are balancing your consumption of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Not only will this give you strength to work out it will satisfy those hunger pangs.
What Should I Eat and When?
We are different which means our bodies have different nutritional requirements and preferences. Your diet may depend on your fitness goals and activities, e.g. someone who does cardio rather than weights will need more carbohydrates.
If you go to the gym daily for short bursts of exercise, dietitians say that you actually don’t need to eat much more for just a 60 minutes’ session.
Don’t starve yourself, your body needs food to function and grow. Did you know that your body builds muscle and recovers 24 hours a day, this doesn’t just happen while you are at the gym?
Having a snack before the gym is actually a very good idea as it will give your body the energy it needs to build muscle, burn fat, and recover.
Experts have said that eating a snack about 45 to 60 minutes before your work out is for the best, just as long as you are keeping it small. Why not start off with a smoothie?
Success with Smoothies
whole fruit orange smoothies are great for gym goers, just make sure you are swapping sugar filled drinks with a whole-orange smoothie. Add in a handful of protein powder to enhance your workout.
Another option which goes down a treat is an Almond Coconut Mocha Protein Smoothie. A smoothie machine is a much needed investment and will help you prepare pre gym snacks in record time. A mocha smoothie is great for those who enjoy an early bird session at the gym. Adding just a touch of caffeine to your session will perk you up before you hit the gym.
Last but not least a blueberry banana protein smoothie is an extremely healthy and tasty option. The majority of these ingredients you will have at home and it doesn’t get better than a mix of blueberries, bananas, yogurt, almond milk, and ice.
After Gym Snacks
If you have just finished your work out, make sure to eat something soon. It is important that you refuel your body post work out. Your body has lost nutrients good and bad, so it’s time to refuel it with good, healthy ingredients.
Eating protein after a workout is great fuel for your body as it allows speedy muscle recovery to happen, this is great for those who are partaking in a weight training programme.
If you are working after your session and cannot fit in a whole meal there and then have a snack within 20 minutes of your training, then a full meal 3 to 4 hours later. Fill up your plate with carbohydrates like quinoa and brown rice.