Working out isn’t an exact science, but there are many scientifically-proven things you can do to improve your gains or maintain your fitness.
Most experts would agree that your daily diet heavily influences the outcome of your training. In fact, many even say that the kitchen factor is even more important than the treadmill factor when it comes to keeping a lean and healthy figure. Fitness trainers often say that what you eat before you go to the gym would place a huge weight on the results of your hard work, regardless of how much you bust your butt off on the mat.
Because food plays such a huge factor in fitness, experts have discussed some of the best things you can eat before hitting the gym. Here are some of their suggestions.
Bananas: Men’s Fitness says bananas are some of the best types of fitness foods on the market. Nutritionist Louise Burk describes bananas as “nature’s PowerBar.” Bananas’ potassium-y goodness helps improve one’s nerve and muscle control, giving you that extra push on that last rep.
Yogurt: This food is more preferable for runners. Yogurt is an ideal food for runners because it’s light on the stomach and it gives you enough energy for the extra mile. It also has sugars that would prevent mid-run weakness and maintain an appropriate level of blood sugar during your running activities. Fitness Magazine suggests partnering yogurt with some yummy, protein-rich trail mix as an energy marathon combo.
Hard-boiled Egg: It’s every fitness junkie’s favorite snack. Eggs contain so much protein per piece — about 6 grams per serving — and is an easy, quick meal to prepare especially when you’re in a hurry. Just mind not to fart during the squats; eggs can make you slightly flatulent.
Peanut Butter: Peanut butter on toast or bread can be one of the most satisfying pre-workout foods in your kitchen. Aside from being rich in protein, peanut butter can be an absolutely delicious meal to take without having to break your no-sweets pledge. It’s not counted as a “cheat day” meal, so why not grab that jar and put some on your breakfast?
Crackers: For those trying to lose weight, crackers are definitely for you. Martina Cartwright, a nutritionist and diet expert, includes crackers as one of the best pre-workout foods because crackers are a low-carb food, and carbs get burnt way too faster than fat or protein.
Cartwright said, “Carbohydrates are digested faster than fat or protein. This is important, as eating too much fat or protein or even a large-carb meal within two hours before a workout will drive blood flow to the stomach, not the muscles. Carbohydrates are rapidly used up during a workout, leaving fat as the fuel the body will burn once the workout gets started.”
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