What to Eat Before, During and After Exercise

Eat Well, Live Well

Nutrition is the most important part of your exercise and sticking to a desired meal plan will enhance your results and ensure that your next workout is even better. Giving your body the fuel that it needs makes the difference between success and failure. Many people tend to do everything right within their workout but skip out on the necessities of nutrition. Here are some tips for you to follow that will help you avoid dieting mistakes.

Although there is no such thing as an ideal meal before your workout, sticking to low fat, moderate carbs and protein, low fiber and lots of fluids will help you get through. Your muscles need protein and nutrients to help them acquire oxygen and they must rely on carbohydrates to provide them with the necessary energy. Eating a grilled chicken sandwich before you begin exercising might just do the trick. Make sure to stay away from fried food!

During your workout, staying hydrated is the number one priority. Water is your body’s cooling system. If you get dehydrated, you are depriving your body of its primary functions and lowering the impact that your exercise will have on it. The kinds of fluids that you intake also depend on the kind of exercise and results you are looking to gain. If your goal is to lose weight, you should stay clear from sports drinks and stick to regular water since sports drinks tend to include carbs and sodium. If your exercise lasts longer than 60 minutes, or if your intensity level is high, drinking sports drinks during your exercise is not a bad idea. In these cases, many sports drinks replenish your body and give it the energy it needs to continue on through. When it comes to endurance athletes, or endurance workouts, using gels may also come in handy. Due to the fact that gels are a concentrated form of carbs, they will provide endurance athletes with the energy they need, throughout their workout. It is crucial to wash these gels down with water, as they are highly concentrated, leading to a possibility of you getting an upset stomach.

Once your workout is complete, you have to feed your body in order to get the maximum results. Protein feeds your muscles, making them grow and recover at a faster rate. Protein comes from eggs, chicken, shakes, chocolate milk, and so on, and your muscles do not prefer a single source of it! Your body usually requires 2g of protein per kg of body mass (if you weight 80kg, you should intake 160g of protein throughout the day). Alongside nutrition, resting your body and staying within your limits play a leading role in getting the maximum results from your exercise.

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About Ferland Manuel

Dr, Manuel Ferland is health care specialist,