What to Eat Before and After a Workout

08.10.15 Eat Blog SumoSalad

What you eat before and after training is crucial to the results you will get from your workouts. Eating around your workout is not only essential for building lean muscle, losing weight, and maximising the amount of calories burned but it’s also needed for speeding up recovery of your muscles. You can be training your heart out but if your not fuelling your body properly to match all the hard work you are doing then your goals will continue to be more difficult to reach.

A common mistake people make when trying to maximise weight loss is to wait until a meal time to eat after a work out instead of eating within the first 30 mins to an hour which is actually key when trying to get a knock out summer body.

When it comes to gearing your body up for a work out, you need carbs to get the best out of your work out. A mixture of both simple and complex will help you sustain the energy to power through a work out as well as continue to have energy throughout the day. An example of some good pre-work out eats are: bananas (also full of potassium), whole grain toast, smoothies or oatmeal.

Recovery mode calls for a nutrient dense dish. Your muscles will need nutrients to help restore energy, and in particular, they will need carbs to help restore glycogen levels which will have been depleted if you had an intense work out. Some good post work out eats are lean meats such as chicken, fish or lean red meat, or a veggie omelet with avocado.

UFC Fighter Richie Vas shares his diet (or shall we say lifestyle) tips with us on what he eats before and after various work outs and why eating whole foods is so important when you are trying to preform and cut weight. Watch the video for Richie’s best tips.



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