Monday, May 31, 2010

Does it matter what I eat before and after my workouts?

Does it matter what I eat before and after my workout?

    Eating a large meal right before your workout may lead to nausea, cramps and lack of energy as the blood necessary to transport oxygen and nutrients to your workout systems is caught up in your stomach and intestines to help you digest.
    By stark contrast, exercising on an empty stomach may lead to low blood sugar and leave you weak and faint. If your body gets to vote on the nutrient supply it would prefer complex carbohydrates from sources such as brown rice, fruits and vegetables, whole wheat bread and pasta. It is not necessary to completely avoid protein and fat, however eat these macronutrients sparingly if you are going to enjoy a workout within a few hours.
  •     Apple and handful of almonds, pecans, or walnuts.
  •     Protein shake.
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  •     Plain yogurt with fruit.

Post workout is equally as important to replenish your body with nutrients for growth and repair. The post workout meal should consist of protein, complex carbohydrates and monounsaturated fatty acids.
  • Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread
  • Lean protein such a tuna or chicken over a bed of fresh vegetable salad.
  • Protein shake with fruit.
 “A light meal of shake with in an hour of exercise is perfect.”
Tammi Jacobs, Results Health and Fitness Center, AZ