Did you know that what you eat and when you eat can affect the way you feel when you exercise? Exercising is hard enough as it is, I want to make sure I do whatever I can to make it a more enjoyable experience.
If you eat too much before your workout, it can make you feel tired or actually upset your stomach. This is because your muscles and your digestive system have to compete with each other for your energy resources. And if you don’t eat enough before your workout, this causes low blood sugar levels that can make you feel faint and tired.
If you want to get the most from your workout:
*Eat a healthy breakfast. If you plan to exercise within an hour after breakfast, eat a smaller meal or have a sports drink.
*Time your meals based on their size. Have your large meals three to four hours before you exercise. You can have small meals two to three hours before exercising.
*Do not skip meals. It can cause low blood sugar which will make you feel lightheaded. If you have no time before you workout and your choice is nothing or candy, eat the candy because it will improve your performance. Your best bet, however, is a banana or yogurt…
*Eat after you workout. You need to eat a meal that is high in protein and carbohydrates after you workout, preferably within two hours. It will replace your glycogen stores. Women especially need to eat after resistance training.
So, there you have it. If you are struggling with your workout, take a look at what you are eating before and afterwards. Your performance depends a lot on your food intake!
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