If you are an athlete or workout enthusiast, you are always on the lookout for new techniques that will help you achieve your fitness goals. Working out is no joke and can sometimes take tremendous amounts of time especially if you don’t know some of the best practices to apply in doing this.
One thing that most workout enthusiasts neglect when planning their workout routine is the issue of nutrition. Nutrition is important because food can determine the thin line between a successful and a failed work out.
In case you are asking why you need to eat before you go for your workout, let me tell you that there are a lot of reasons as to why you should. One of the reasons is, eating before your workout can help you both in performance during the workout and in recovery after you are done with your workout.
Also, eating the right food containing optimal nutrients can also help prevent muscle damage during your workout. You can therefore do your workout effectively with the knowledge that you have adequate nutrients available to aid your recovery.
Now that you know some of the reasons as to why you need to eat before you work out, it’s time for you to know what to eat. The ‘what’ in this case is more important because it justifies the ‘why’.
Your pre-workout diet should have three major impact nutrients; Carbs, protein and fat. Carbs are important because they are a source of glucose which provides the body with energy when you are working out. Most of the glycogen that is produced from glucose is stored in the muscles and is burnt out when a workout takes place.
Fats are needed because they are also a source of energy. The energy from fats can be stored by the body long term which makes the idea for consumption when you want to engage in a long and strenuous workout. And lastly protein in case of muscle damage. Protein aids in swift muscle recovery.
Final tip, try to eat 45 minutes prior to your workout session to give the food adequate time to settle in your system.