Now we know what to eat post workout, pre-workout food can't be left forgotten! The right pre-workout food is just as important as post-workout food, maybe even more.
A lot of people think that exercising on an empty stomach is a good idea to burn more fat. In reality, your body will just use whatever energy there is available and this might not be fat but muscle. Another side effect of exercising on an empty stomach is that you might not have the energy for that killer workout and your exercise will be less effective and less fun.
Best Pre-Workout Food
About 1-2 hours before your workout, carbs are your BFF. The best is to have a mix of complex (like whole wheat products) and simple ones (like fruit) so that the release of energy during your workout is slow and steady throughout your routine. So if you are up for a great workout, try one of these pre-workout foods:
- A granola bar
- A slice of whole wheat toast with half a banana and cinnamon
- Apple wedges with almond butter
- Lisa's banana muffins
- A few whole wheat, or flax crackers
- Greek yoghurt with trail mix or granola
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal with some raisins or banana slices
For about 15 to 30 minutes before your workout it is important that the food is easy to digest. This way you won't have to work out with a full stomach but you won't be hungry either. These foods will provide you some energy quickly:
- Fruit juice or smoothie
- Banana, apple, or any other piece of fruit
So enjoy your snack and own that workout!