The important thing to remember about eating before you workout is to watch how much you eat. Eating too much may cause nausea. But eating too little can cause hunger pains mid-exercise. It's also important to eat foods that will supply your muscles with enough fuel to get you through your workout.
Here are some pre-workout snacks to consider:
Eating a post-workout snack will benefit you in many ways. Your body will need fuel to repair its exhausted and over-worked muscles. And, because you stop burning calories as quickly après-workout, eating will help keep your metabolic fires stoked.
Try the following post-exercise foods to give your body a recovery boost:
Just remember, while it's important to refuel your body after burning hundreds of calories, it's not a license to overeat or make poor diet choices. Don't use exercise as an excuse to dig into fattier foods, like pizza or fries.
Now that you know what to eat, keep the following sports nutrition tips in mind.
1. Avoid sugary drinks. Not only are they hard to digest, they won't give your body the enduring energy it needs to get through a long or tough workout. For hydration, drink water or opt for a less sweet sports beverage like Gatorade. Drinks formulated for exercise will also most likely help you replenish electrolytes lost through sweat.
2. Don't eat right before you workout. Eat your pre-workout snack an hour or so before you begin an activity. If you must have a larger meal, aim to eat it two to three hours before you start.
3. Liquid is greater than solid. If you experience nausea after eating and working out, go for liquid-based foods like applesauce or yogurt. They're easier to digest.
4. Stick with what you know. Never try a new food or drink before a race or workout. Consume familiar foods and save adventurous eating for later.
5. Avoid coffee or tea. These caffeinated drinks may give you a momentary boost of energy, but they're also diuretics, and you may end up thirstier and even hungrier in the end.
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