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Bodybuilding Diet Plans, the Importance of Pre-Workout Nutrition

Sep 16, 2008
The saying says, "if you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail", and the same holds true for each and every one of your workouts. Every session in the gym should be treated as a battle, and just like any other battle in life you must enter it with proper mental and physical readiness.

When you are planning to work out you need to ensure that the meal you eat before going to the gym gives you the nutrients to battle the weights effectively.

The 3 main goals of the pre-workout meal are as follows: Maximize your strength potential. Provide a steady stream of balanced energy for your mind and muscles throughout the workout. Minimize muscle breakdown and provide the raw tools for your body to begin the recovery process once the workout is over.

The first thing to make sure of is that you are properly hydrated before beginning your workout. Water plays a vital role in keeping strength and energy levels peaked, so always ensure that you've consumed an adequate amount of water in the few hours before you train.

Around 30-45 minutes prior to entering the gym you should consume your pre-workout meal. The first component of this meal is, you guessed it, protein. Protein will keep your body in an anabolic state throughout your workout and will help to prevent muscle breakdown as you train.

In order to prevent muscle catabolism, consuming Whey protein before exercise is a wise choice. It is suggested that you mix your whey protein with milk, for it will help to slow down the speed at which the protein is released which will give your body a steady flow of amino acids through the course of your workout.

You should have one to two servings of low-glycemic carbohydrates with your protein shake. Before working out, consume low glycemic carbohydrates. As you exercise, your body will break these down and absorb them into your bloodstream, helping maintain a constant level of energy.

When you consume sugary food, it is immediately released into your bloodstream so your body releases a surge of insulin in order to keep your sugar level in check. choose carbohydrates that won't cause this rapid fluctuation in insulin levels so that the last thing you want in the middle of a high intensity workout.

Oatmeal, apples or brown rice are good pre-workout carbohydrate choices. These foods will fuel your body with a steady stream fo sugars throughout the workout, keeping your energy levels continually peaked. For easy digestion and to prevent you from feeling sick when you train, eat only a small pre-workout meal. It is best to excersise after eating.
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