6 best foods to eat before you workout - JUST THE TIP TUESDAY!
When it comes to fitness, there are certain universal questions I hear almost every day: How can I get the most out of my workouts? Should I do cardio or lift weights? How can I lose weight faster, tone muscles, and feel energized enough to power through every workout session? While there are other things to consider that may have an impact on your results, there's one simple answer that is often overlooked: Eat! Breaking that down further, eating the right foods at the right time to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Maintaining proper diet schedules is another important aspect of maintaining proper health, especially when it comes to pre-workout meals.
Here are a few pre-workout meals for having great workout benefits:
1.Chicken and Rice:
Carbohydrates play a crucial role in maintaining proper metabolism of muscles. So to get the most from your pre-workout meal these need to be consumed in a proper way. Chicken is rich in protein and rice is rich in carbohydrates. So when they both are taken together as a pre-workout meal, they ensure the muscles to open up and expand in a healthy way.
2. Chipotle Bowl/Mucho burrito:
Any pre-workout meal must be rich in energy-producing properties (aka carbs). Though many people consider chipotle or Mucho Burrito as a fast food, it helps in energizing our body. Nutritionists around the globe suggest this style of food to their clients especially when talking about heavy workouts. Chipotle helps in providing sufficient energy with less fat content. If you are in a pinch and need to grab something on the way to the gym, a burrito bowl with brown rice and source of protein will be a good option to get you through your workout session.
Pancakes are rich in protein especially when you make these coconut bliss pancakes. The carbohydrates and protein will give you a boost in energy which you will need performing during your workout. Carbohydrates will convert to energy slowly helping for the longevity of the session. Pancakes are a great pre-workout meal because they are delicious and will help you especially during long sessions such as running, cycling, etc., by providing endurance to the body.
Oatmeal is a great source of fiber. Fiber helps in providing high resistance to hunger and enables muscles to burn out fat. By consuming oatmeal 2 hours before the session, you can curb hunger. When mixed along with some protein powder, oatmeal can provide a high source of energy and also double as a post-workout meal. For other ideas on what to eat check out this pre & post workout article.
5. Chicken Sandwich:
High carbohydrates in your diet will help in fuelling your body. Carbs ensure the body gets enough energy especially when you eat carbs together with protein. These things paired together bring out the best energy source before a workout. A Chicken sandwich is one example of a great pre-workout meal. The reason the chicken sandwich ticks all the boxes here is because chicken (protein) and bread (carbs) make a great combination for a pre-workout meal. Here are 20 really simple but delicious chicken sandwich recipes.
6. Banana and Greek yogurt:
Many people believe the myth that banana is a strict ‘No’ if you want to lose weight, tone muscle and increase your energy. Most likely because of the sugar content, but that is just a myth. While we are on the topic of myths, here are a 6 common fitness myths busted. Banana is a great pre-workout meal, providing instant energy. For best results, consume an hour or 30 minutes ahead of any workout. Bananas help in rising sugar levels in your body which gets converted to energy within no time. If you are wanting to also curb your hunger at the same time so you feel completely fuelled during your workout, Greek yogurt is a great source for protein. The combination of these two things together can ensure a proper balance in the levels of protein and sugar. They will help you to generate high energy during your workout without making up any fat resource inside the body.
It is very important to pay attention to what you eat before and after your workout and this could be one reason you are not satisfied with your results so far.
If you want to lose weight, develop that toned look and increase your energy following a flexible macro diet and a customized fitness program with the support of an online personal trainer would be the #1 thing I recommend doing. You WILL see results like 100’s of my clients around the world who take part in the 8-week program.
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