What to eat before and after a solid workout
Diet is one letter away from “die”.
That’s why I like to use the term eating clean, it makes more sense because that’s what you’re doing and it’s much more positive. It also allows you to see the process of eating clean for what it is: replacing delicious food which is bad for you with delicious food which is good for you.
When being active, you must be aware of the two most important meals that affect your training: the pre-workout meal and post-workout meal. The general idea is to eat something with carbohydrates before your training session in order to provide energy for your workout. The post workout meal should be full of protein in order to provide recovery to your muscles.
The main purpose of the pre-workout meal is to provide the right nutrients to your body which will allow you to have the energy required to carry out a great workout. It is best to eat this meal between 60 – 90 minutes before your workout.
I usually have my pre-workout meal an hour before my workout. I usually eat brown rice, pasta or oatmeal and I might have fish or eggs as well. It can be easy to over-complicate this so I like to always keep it simple.
Post workout meal
The time straight after your workout is called the “anabolic phase”. This is because anabolism refers to the building or rebuilding of something (in this case, your muscles).
The role of the post workout meal is to supply your body with everything it needs to replenish, repair and recover from the workout you just put your body through. The general time frame most people follow is to consume their post workout meal within 60 minutes of their workout.
One common post workout meal used by many people is a protein shake. Protein shakes are easy to make and are convenient. They can be consumed on the way home from gym and have enough calories and nutrients to help with the recovery of your muscles. However, this should not replace regular meals but rather; you should have a small meal when you reach home as well.
I personally eat solid foods instead most of the time. I usually grill some chicken and have some potatoes or white rice on the side. I do this because I like the idea of eating food rather than drinking it. It’s all down to your own preference.
Sweet & Simple
If you over complicate this process, you may find yourself drawing away from it altogether. Keeping it simple allows you to enjoy the meals for their simplicity and beneficial nutrients. Just remember, the pre-workout meal should have a good amount of carbohydrates in them and the post-workout meal should have a good amount of protein in them.
If you neglect your meals before and after the workouts, you might feel low on energy and so, you won’t have the motivation to train as much. Neglecting the post workout meal will leave you feeling fatigued throughout the recovery period (which can be up to 3 days). So be sure to eat up the right food at the right time!
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