Fitness Tip: Eating Before or After a Workout

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

My Favorite Post-Workout Snack is a Shako Bowl!

One of my group challengers recently asked this question: Should I eat before and/or after I workout?

Though I have done both, I wanted to look up what the experts advise. My research revealed that eating both before and after workout is important to seeing the results we desire. Here is why:

All sources (TIME Magazine, FITNESS Magazine, Jillian Michaels) suggest eating before a workout because it is the fuel that will power you through your workout. The idea that a fasted workout burns more fat is actually a myth. It is more detrimental to your body to workout without a pre-meal. Your body is trying to build muscle, but the muscle will be used for energy if your body has nothing to burn. Muscles need carbs and protein for energy and oxygen. Stay away from fats before workouts because they slow down digestion. Click Here to read more! It is best to eat 45-60 minutes before your workout.

After your workout, your body needs to refuel to recover from the break down of muscle fibers that occurred during workout and refuel your glycogen levels. You want to eat within the first 20 minutes post-workout. It is best to eat protein! Check out some snack ideas below! What are your fave before/after snacks??

Shako is my go- to!

Food Ideas for Before:
1. Whole Wheat Toast with sliced Banana and Cinnamon
2. Greek Yogurt + Trail Mix
3. Smoothie
4. Oatmeal + Fresh Fruit
5. Apple wedges with Almond Butter
6. Cottage Cheese + Melon

Food Ideas for After:
1. Grilled Vegetables + Chicken
2. Veggie Omelet + Avocado
3. Shako  Smoothie
4. Salmon with Sweet Potato
5. Chocolate Milk
6. Grilled Shrimp + Rice
7. Tuna Salad on whole wheat bread

Check out my Pinterest Page for more ideas: Click Here!

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