In order to keep your body in pristine condition, you're required to refuel that tank as often as possible. Even if you feel like you just made "Bicep Day" your bitch, the wrong food intake (at the wrong time) will make all those sweat and grunts be for naught. In order to have the best workout session possible, you need to know just what to consume before, and even after, you step foot in that gym.
Fitness expert and personal trainer Don Saladino of Drive495 (the guy who trains Ryan Reynolds and Sebastian Stan, among others) shared his expert tips on how to get you completely fueled up before the gym, and how to keep that energy up after. By following his guidelines and expertise, you'll be walking around naked all the time, in no time.
There are any different approaches to pre and post workout nutrition. It all comes down to your goals and how you metabolize certain foods. Considering that most of the people want to improve general fitness and health, here's the best approach for optimal results:
- Consume a protein and fat source.
Example: Chicken and coconut oil or turkey with almonds
- Do not take in carbs unless you are an endurance athlete. Why?
Carbs pre workout actually tend to make you feel sluggish and will hinder brain function and focus. You will find though if your workout exceeds roughly 45 minutes and is extremely intense, you may want to consume a form of carb during the workout.
- Consume a large portion of your daily carbs for your body to use.
Try choosing a lean protein like egg whites, chicken, turkey or white fish with a carbohydrate like jasmine rice or sweet potato to make you energized and full.
If you are in a rush, consume a protein shake from Garden of Life. Have this with an addition 1-2 servings of fruit.
Your pre, intra and post workout nutrition is vital in working towards any fitness goals. Though everyone is different, this is a very good one size fits all approach.
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