Eating Right When Working Out

We have all heard the popular saying before, that when it comes to fitness, health and weight loss it’s, “80% diet and 20% exercise.” To keep yourself at your fittest when working out, it is only logical to make changes to the way you eat along the way. No matter your level of intensity, whether you are out there putting in a few extra hours at the gym, running through your neighborhood, or simply being active outdoors, exercise and nutrition go hand in hand when it comes to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Eating Right When Working Out
Eating Right When Working Out

Creating a balanced meal –

With the amount of calories that your body is burning while working out, it is only natural for your body to look for more energy to help keep it going. Ultimately, food is the fuel that your body uses to keep going, so instead of trying to cut meals, why not try learning more about how to create a more balanced menu for yourself? Generally, it’s best to stick to lean proteins, fresh fruits and veggies, and whole grain or complex carbohydrates. It is also important that you make sure to drink lots of water in order to stay hydrated before and after workouts.

Eating before workouts –

When eating before workouts, don’t skip the carbohydrates. Despite the popularity of those little to no carb diets, low-glycemic carbohydrates can actually maximize your energy before a workout. Additionally, you might want to turn to low fat proteins like Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for light yet nutritious sources of energy that will ultimately keep your insulin levels from dropping during prolonged workout sessions. Some quick and healthy pre-workout foods include:

  • Whole grain toast with peanut butter, sliced bananas, and cinnamon.
  • Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese with fresh fruit toppings.
  • Steel cut oatmeal with a small serving of nuts and dried fruit.
  • Veggie filled egg white omelets.
  • Supplemental protein bars or shakes.

Eating after workouts –

When your body is recovering from workouts, look to nutrient rich meals with fresh vegetables and lean proteins. You also might consider downsizing your meal sizes to insert a few healthy snacks between meals to help keep you going throughout the day. Traditional snacking can actually be made healthy when you turn to options like protein bars, fresh fruit, or even raw almonds. For meal ideas, always go with lean, low fat, and nutrient rich combinations like:

Eating Right When Working Out
Eating Right When Working Out
  • Fish and Quinoa.
  • Veggie stir-fry with brown rice.
  • Chicken Hummus with whole grain pita or bagel.
  • Salad with tofu or shredded chicken.

Cutting down on calorie consumption to lose weight is okay as long as you do it properly. Be sure to know what you are eating and eat enough before you partake in your workout. Losing weight is hard work, so don’t try to cut corners. By eating healthy foods and exercising regularly, you will see the pounds and inches come off and you will feel better than ever!

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