May 19 2017

What should I eat before a workout?

One of the most important things you can do to ensure an effective, goal-accomplishing workout is to fuel your body properly.  The exercise is simply the stimulus for our body to change, nourishment is what dictates the extend of it’s impact. It’s always recommended to eat before a workout, but…

One of the most important things you can do to ensure an effective, goal-accomplishing workout is to fuel your body properly. 

The exercise is simply the stimulus for our body to change, nourishment is what dictates the extend of it’s impact.

It’s always recommended to eat before a workout, but be sure to give your body enough time to properly digest your food – if you don’t, you’re likely to get stomach cramps, indigestion and feel queasy.

If you consume carbs 1 ½ to 2 hours before you come in for your workout, this will ensure you have the fuel required to produce the energy you’ll need to make it through your exercise routine.

Carbs are the bodies preferred fuel source (with fat coming a distant second, sometimes even third!)  Logic goes that not consuming any carbs will simply burn fat, but our bodies always have some glycogen (stored carbohydrates) in reserve from the last time you ate.

Indeed carbs are so important (they are the only fuel source the brain can utilize), that the body has a fail safe way of converting any excess protein into glycogen to deal with any shortfall.

It is true that fasted exercise does burn fat a higher rate, but onlyby avery small percentage.  So a 5% increase in fat burning over an hour will amount to less than one gram of fat overall! Furthermore you may struggle to push yourself during the session, meaning that there will be no noticeable difference at all!

I’d recommend a snack of a coffee and a banana –  it’s the perfect pre-workout combination.

Coffee is a stimulant that has been shown to have some performance gains, however our bodies get used to the effects quickly.  But if you’re a coffee drinker anyway it can only boost your performance, expecially if you avoid having a customary biscuit with it! A banana is packed full of carbs and potassium that aids with muscle repair and nerve function.

If you are training at other times of the day, we suggests your usual breakfast or lunch – just make sure you include some carbs, and reduce the fat and protein content of the meal as they’ll slow down digestion.

NB we’ve found many new clients often underestimate the energy required when they first start working out with us, so try and take the time to plan your pre workout meal well!

 

 

Author

Salman