Getting ready to hit the gym for an intense workout with your brand newheadphones? You’ve got the latest gear to help keep you inspired and motivated with each session that comes your way.
Now however, you need to prepare your body physically with the right foods. Eating the proper foods can really make or break your workout session, giving you the energy you need to perform your best.
So what should you eat before you hit the gym? Let’s go over a few ground rules to know and follow.
What To Eat:
When it comes to question of what to eat, you want to eat a mixture of complex carbohydrates along with a good source of protein. You want to keep dietary fat out of the picture for the most part as consuming dietary fat right now will just make you feel sluggish and weighed down as it slows the digestion process down.
Instead, think wholesome foods that will fuel intense exercise to come.
Good options for carbohydrates include foods like sweet potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, beans and lentils, as well as whole-wheat pasta or breads. Fruit can also be an option for those who find that too much heavy food tends to make them feel weighed down during their workout session.
For protein, perfect choices include lean sources like chicken, turkey, white fish, egg whites, or even some whey protein powder if you prefer.
When To Eat:
Now you need to consider when to eat. For most people, eating about 90-120 minutes prior to the workout is best. This gives your body enough time to digest the food so it hits your system and you have the energy available to work hard.
If you are someone who finds that you prefer an energy boostsooner to the workout session, then eating 30 minutes beforehand may be okay as well. In this case though, stick to easier to digest foods such as protein powder and fruit. This will make it easier to get the necessary nutrients to the muscle tissues in time.
If you are planning a much larger meal, then you may need to eat 2-3 hours prior to the workout, but note that unless you are someone who really can’t exercise with food in your stomach, this tends to be less than ideal.
How Much To Eat:
Finally, you need to consider how much to eat. This will vary depending on the goals you have, your current body weight, and how long and intense that workout session is.
If you are aiming for fat loss and the workout isn’t all that demanding, 25 grams of protein and carbs is probably sufficient.
If you are going to be doing a longer, more intensive workout, you might want to bump your carb intake up to around 50 grams instead.
Finally, if you are looking to build lean muscle mass and as such have a higher total daily calorie intake, you may choose to go with a larger meal that contains 35-40 grams of protein and 50-75 grams of carbohydrates.
Play around with your intake numbers and find out what works best for you and what is most tolerated by your body prior to exercise.
So there you have your guide on what to eat prior to exercise. Don’t overlook this per-workout meal as it can make a significant difference on your workout performance.
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