What to eat before a workout
Have you ever felt completely ready to exercise with great intentions and perfect motivation, yet when it came down to it your body just wouldn’t cooperate? I bet you have – it happens to the best of us – because no matter how determined you are you can’t force your body to perform unless you’ve fueled it correctly.
Here’s the reason; many people are unaware of this, but the body actually works to reappear and build your muscles 24 hours a day – not just whilst being active – so the type of food you eat before (and after) a workout makes a massive difference to what you get out of a working out.
Before a workout you need carbs. Yes, I did say carbs. I know, I know; The last few years carbs have been made out to be a big fat calorie bullied that stands between you and the results you want, but in reality that’s actually only the ‘bad kind of carbs such as refined sugar, white pasta, white bread, etc, you should lay off.
If you go for the right kind of carbs such as the ones you find in wholemeal pasta and bread, fruits and nuts, carbs are great because they help bring you energy. There are slow carbs and there are fast carbs and I won’t bore you with a long explanation about this. What I will tell you is that you need both before a workout and that here you have a little list of suggestions on combinations that can help you fuel your workout to the max:
1: One slice of wholemeal toast with sliced banana (and add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like that as well as that helps stabilize your blood sugar)
2: Natural peanut butter one a slice of wholemeal toast (just don’t overdo it with the butter – have it cover the bread without too much of a top)
3: 1-2 hard-boiled eggs on a piece of wholemeal toast. This is if you’re a little hungrier as it can be quite filling.
4: A small pot of Greek yogurt with mixed nuts and dried fruits
5: A simple little fruit cup (I would recommend mixing fruit with berries) – this will give you a natural sugar boost but if you want to stabilize your blood sugar a little they add 3-4 almonds.
6: One apple cut out in little ‘boats’ with almond butter.
I would suggest you eat your pre-workout snack about 30-60 minutes in advance of your workout so that your body can focus its energy on exercising – not digesting. This, of course, is depending on how your individual body works.