What you eat before and after your workout session matters more than you think.
Your diet affects your progress in the gym more than you realize. The wrong workout meals will prevent you from losing fat and will delay muscle growth, while the best workout meals will support fat burning and muscle repair and so you will see faster results.
Here are a few recommended snacks and meals that will fuel you up with energy to give your best in your gym sessions.
What to eat before a workout
Not eating enough before a workout can make you dizzy, lightheaded, nauseated, or lethargic. It can also make you more likely to injure yourself. And even if none of these things happens, skipping food can negatively impact your performance and reduce your gains.
- Carbs: Carbs are a great snack before working out because they offer you energy to fuel up your session. Make sure to get healthy carbs such as: a piece of toast, a granola bar, a piece of fruit, crackers, a piece of rice cake, dried fruit, or greek yogurt (Protein with Carbs).
- Proteins: If you are doing weight training, or strenght training protein is key to enhace muscle growth and repair. Good examples of healthy protein snaks include: nuts, Greek yogurt, a slice of turkey, a hardboiled egg, or a milk or soy milk smoothie.
We highly recommend you to eat your snacks at least 30 minutes prior to your workout session to maximize results and properly digest your meal.
What to eat after a workout
What you eat right after you trained is very important as well because this will be replacing all the energy you burned (AKA calories) during your training session.
We highly encourage you to be prepare and feed yourself properly with the following recommendations:
- Complex carbohydrates: Complex carbs like quinoa, brown rice, or whole wheat bread will replenish your body with energy for a healthy source.
- Lean proteins: As we mentioned above protein is essencial when it comes to muscle growth and repair. We recommend you to eat lean fish, chicken breasts, or even a protein smoothy. If you are vegan or just simply don’t like to consume animal products, a cup of beans or a portion of tofu can be great options too.
Remember that nutrition is key to building long-lasting, healthy, and sustainable results. Eat a balanced diet and we guarantee that all your efforts will pay off soon!
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