Whether your goal is weight loss, muscle gainor getting in shape, what you eat before exercise can make the difference between an energetic, perhaps even peppy, workout and a tired, looking-at-your-watch-every-five-minutes workout. Follow these basic guidelines for the best nutrition for weight loss and exercise
Early Morning MunchiesIf you like morning workouts (before your body has a chance to protest), try to nibble on something to avoid feeling dizzy and hungry.
Exercising on an empty stomach,
despite rumors, doesn't necessarily mean you burn more fat, especially if you're too hungry to workout.
Make sure you allow enough time to digest so you avoid a side-stitch or, worse, nausea. Try the following:
By lunchtime, breakfast is probably a faint memory. In order to avoid hunger pains and fatigue during your noon workout, try this:
Best bets: Meal replacement shakes or bars, yogurt, fruit (fresh or dried), oatmeal or a turkey cheese sandwich. My favorite: yogurt mixed with fresh fruit and topped with granola. Yum!
You're on the way to the gym and you're hungry. Does your steering wheel mysteriously turn your car in the direction of the nearest Burger King? That's because lunch was a long time ago and your body is out of gas. Try this:
When you're finished exercising, you need to replace the fluids and nutrients so your body can recover from your workout. Scientific studies can be confusing on exactly what to eat, but generally suggest that eating a balance of carbs, protein and fat in your post workout meal will help your recovery.
By Paige Waehner
Hi I'm Kelly Richards Mulloy a stay at home mom of 6. I am on a journey to change my life inside and out. Health and fitness, staying young, join me.