Your workout nutrition is important. You wouldn't enter a car into a race without making sure it was fueled up first, so why would you do that to your body?What you eat before and after a workout truly matters. Always remember that food is your body’s source of fuel and energy. Without proper fuel, it is impossible to reach optimal performance in your workouts. Increased strength leads to an increase in muscle mass, which results in more calories burned at rest. In order for this to happen, proper fuel intake is essential, especially before and after a workout. Many people tend to shy away from carbohydrates specifically, but they play such a significant role in fitness and changes in body composition. Choosing high quality foods (unprocessed, real food without added sugar, high amounts of sodium and preservatives) is essential.Carbohydrates are your energy source during intense exercise. They also help to preserve tissue protein. Depleting carbohydrate reserves increases the breakdown of protein during exercise. Not enough carbohydrates means that your body will begin to break down your muscle tissue to fuel your body, which is exactly the opposite of what you want to happen!You should eat a pre-workout meal about two hours before your workout. This gives your body enough time to digest. The size of this meal depends upon your hunger levels. If you are super hungry, then make it the size of a main meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner style). If not, smaller will do. It is always best to listen to your body. Your meal should consist of a protein and a carb at the very least. Here are some great examples:
- Tofu or tempeh with a side of veggies. Sweet potatoes are great!
- Oats mixed with some Warrior Blend vanilla protein
- Protein pancakes
- Protein shake blended with 1 serving of fruit & 1 handful baby spinach
- Protein bites
- Eggs with Ezekiel toast
- Wild caught fish (i.e. salmon) with a side of veggies and brown rice