Looking for a way to stay energized during your workout? Would you believe that diet is the single most important element to develop and maintain those energy levels throughout your workout?
Eat one to two hours before heading to the gym to give your body time to store the energy you need to push your muscles to the limit. A combination of a carbohydrate and a protein source is one of the best choices! The carb dilates the blood vessels so they can carry oxygen to the cells and remove waste products, and they’ll provide you with a source of simple sugars that will fuel your body immediately, while the protein will stick with you and keep you from getting hungry too soon. Grab an orange or a banana and a ½ cup of Greek yogurt to provide a quick dose of carbohydrates that provide immediate energy and digest slower, and the protein will continue to provide energy throughout your workout.
Complex carbohydrates are the best sources of long-term energy. This includes food groups like whole grain breads, pastas and beans. And don’t forget the protein, which is the major building block for new muscles developed in the gym. The best sources of protein include fish, chicken, turkey, milk, cheese, yogurt, legumes and nuts.
You’ll want to grab a snack or light meal within 30 minutes of your workout so your body doesn’t start burning muscle. Foods high in protein are wonderful options.
In addition, eat small meals every 3 hours throughout the day. Snacking on healthy foods like nuts, cheese, fruit or foods that consist of complex carbohydrates throughout the day is a great habit to develop. Supplementing your diet between meals with snacks will keep your body running at peak performance.
If you have any questions on pre and post workout diets, we’d be happy to go over your workout and meal plan with you, just give us a call at 616.997.6172.