Monday, July 23, 2012
One of the most frequent questions I get from clients is the following: What should I eat before I workout? What should I eat after the workout? These are great questions, especially for those who I seem on a daily basis as our workouts are first thing in the morning. It really depends on the type of exercise -- a brisk walk or light jog on an empty stomach is fine; just drink a glass of water before heading out the door. For more intense exercise (WHICH WE ALWAYS DO!), eat some easy-to-digest carbs -a packet of instant grits, a slice of toast, half a plain bagel, a banana, or cup of fruit cocktail washed down with a glass of water to help provide fuel. After sleeping, the overnight fast can deplete your liver stores of carbohydrate, so a quick boost of carbs before longer exercise is recommended. As far as after working out is concerned, protein shakes and powders carry are ideal, but your muscles don’t care if the protein comes from a hard-boiled egg, glass of chocolate milk (Strongly recommend) or that whey protein shake. Whatever you choose, more isn’t always better as up to 20 grams of protein is needed to provide amino acids (the building blocks of protein) to muscles. Your after workout meal in the morning (and in general) is in my opinion the most important meal of the day. Hopefully this answers some questions as far as what to eat before and after. Just note that what works for some does not work for all! Find your niche that works for you and continue to go with it. Have a great day and keep on working!!!!