Healthy Eating gets Healthy Results
Bottom line? No matter how much you exercise, you won’t get—or keep—the physique you want, without paying attention to the quality and quantity of food and beverages you consume.
Healthy eating gets results. It’s true that fitness is born in the gym, but the real workout comes through your nutrition! Eating foods that are nutritious for you, before and after exercise, and maintaining hydration will help you reach your fitness goals.
Eating right can energize your workout and make it better, whether you’re just starting to exercise or you’re an athlete in training.
We found portions of this article from WebMD worth sharing with you.
Before Exercise Foods
Most people do best exercising on an empty stomach, and presuming you’ve fueled your body with healthy foods are your previous meal.
To provide the energy you need for a productive workout, your body needs a balance of quality carbs, lean protein, heart-healthy fats, and fluids. You need protein for your muscles and for your blood cells, which bring nutrients and oxygen to your muscles.
Many bodybuilders consume a pre-workout shake with protein and carbs and a post-workout shake with more protein. A good source of clean protein is non-isolated whey powder.
Stay Hydrated During Exercise
Water acts as your body’s cooling system. You don’t want to get dehydrated. The best way to stay hydrated is to drink plenty of fluids with meals, and drink about 2 cups (16 ounces) of water 2 hours before exercise. If you sweat a lot, a sports drink might be preferable to water. A good sports drink has 14-15 grams of carbohydrate in 8 ounces. It should also have about 110 milligrams of sodium and 30 milligrams of potassium in the same volume. If you’re exercising to lose weight, stick to water or a “lighter” version of sports drinks with fewer carbs and calories.
After Exercise Foods
Protein after a workout is a good idea, because it helps your muscles recover and grow.
Your muscles don’t care if the protein comes from a hard-boiled egg, glass of chocolate milk, or whey protein shake. Whatever you choose, more isn’t better. You need only 10-20 grams of protein for your muscles. Choose protein powders made from whey protein or milk proteins. Use them within 30 minutes after exercising to provide needed amino acids to muscles.
In The Kitchen – Where it all Starts
While you will sweat in the gym, the real workout comes in the kitchen. Be sure to eat the right foods before and after you workout to get the nutrients your body needs. When you are not exercising, continue to eat healthy to continue making positive health choices!