Fueling For Your Workout
Most of us know eating before a workout is essential to keep our energy up and our body in fat-burning mode. Unfortunately, some people think if they restrict their calorie intake this will result in fat and weight loss. What they must know is… calorie restriction makes it difficult to build muscle mass and after the first 15-20 minutes of a workout your blood sugar levels drop causing you to feel light headed and dizzy.
Here’s what you need to do before a workout:
- Don’t limit the carbs-while many individuals try to stay away from carbs, battling the bulge, carbohydrates are the main source for fuel for muscles during exercise
5 foods to try pre-workout:
- Yogurt and fruit
- Cheese and crackers
- High glycemic fruit-banana, mango, watermelon
- Oatmeal and berries
What is not well tolerated before a workout?
- Nuts-a great source of protein and fat but have NO carbohydrates. The combination of the protein, fat and fiber in the nuts slows down digestion and can lead to an upset stomach.
- Protein shake-while many individuals believe a pre-workout protein shake is the ticket, protein cannot get into the muscle without carbohydrates. A better idea is to save the shake for after the workout, combining it with a source of carbohydrates, such as a banana will help replenish the glycogen stores and repair muscle tissue.
Eating the right foods before a workout is essential to keep your energy up and your body in fat burning mode!