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Eating Around Your Workout

Aug 23, 2008
To help ensure that your workout is the most effective it can be for your body, having a good idea of what is proper to eat before and after a workout is consequential. While some people stubbornly refuse to eat before their workouts as they mistakenly view eating before a workout to be counterproductive, eating first may actually spur your body into burning more fat while exercising, and not the other way around. In order to endure a high level muscle building, fat burning workout, your body needs many nutrients to fuel it as the workout ensures. While you do not want to workout on a full stomach, you do want your body to have the necessary fuel it needs to not only make it through the first couple reps, but the last few reps as well.

If you still cannot grasp this idea, try working out on an empty stomach one day, and then on an adequately full stomach the next. When your body has more energy it will be able to work harder for you. This does not mean eating a buffet dinner before the lunch, but rather a light lunch or breakfast an hour before heading to the gym. When planning your pre-workout meal focuses on simple carbs such as fruits and vegetables and proteins that are oatmeal or a yogurt cup. You will notice the difference as your body has the energy to complete not only your normal routine, but afterwards you do not feel the need to indulge in a huge meal, but rather have extra energy to spare, which is how you should feel after a workout.

What you eat after you finish working out is equally important. Once again carbs and proteins come into play as you want to eat foods that will be absorbed directly into your digestive bloodstream and replenish your body's nutrients without adding fat to the body. Eating within 30 minutes of your workout is the best way to consumer the nutrients needed as your metabolism is still high and you will burn off the fat and calories form what you eat. A whey protein shake is an excellent source of nutrients that will help maintain muscles you just helped build during your workout and prevent losing some of the muscle mass in between your recent workout and the next one.

Carbohydrates are also important because you need to maintain your muscle tissue because if it starts to breakdown you will be no farther ahead than when you started. Carbs that contain high fiber content such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread, or fiber cereals are great to this end. If this principle sounds familiar to you; that is because it is similar to how conditioning athletes carbo-load before a serious event. In your case however, you are not building mass, just simply protecting your muscle tissue so a small serving will be sufficient.

It is important for your workout to be most effective that you take in consideration both what you eat before and after a workout.
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