Sometimes the key to a good workout is how you balance your body that day with nutritious food. The right foods before and after a workout can help to boost your results as well as elevate body function. The right food before a workout will give you energy, but it will also prevent you from getting lightheaded or dizzy. Eating after a workout is just as crucial for your body needs calories to sustain itself after burning them all up with physical activity. Here are some tips on the dos and don’ts of workout food.
Many experts suggest eating a full meal 2 hours before a workout. Any sooner and you risk digestion troubles. If you don’t have 2 hours, eat something that is easy on the stomach before your workout, such as a smoothie. Eat a meal that is high in carbs with moderate protein. Try and avoid excessive fats and fiber. Take these rules and apply them to your own diet restrictions and preferences.
Examples of pre-workout foods are:
- Produce, smoothies, and juices
- Nut butters
- Yogurt and granola
- Mixed nuts
Protein helps repair and build muscle, so it is crucial to nourish your body with protein after a day of hitting the gym. Here are some examples of high-protein post-workout foods:
- Cottage Cheese
- Greek yogurt
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