Maximize Your Workout With A Good Pre-Exercise Meal

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It’s common sense that you shouldn’t overeat before a workout. If you binge on junk food right before you hit the gym, you’ll end up feeling queasy and nauseous and this will radically impair your performance.

However, not having a nutritiously balanced pre-workout meal (or not eating at all before a workout) can lead to drops in your blood sugar and light-headedness, which isn’t all that good either.

Fortunately, professional trainers and nutritional experts have put much thought into this topic and figured out which foods are best for giving you that essential energy needed to maximize your workouts. Here are some of the best things you can and should eat before hitting the gym.

Bananas

According to experts, bananas are basically an all-natural PowerBar. They’re packed with carbohydrates, which are pure, fast-digestible energy, and potassium, which helps us maintain proper muscle and nerve function. Eating a medium-sized banana before exercising will keep your energy levels high and prepare your body for the workout.

Yogurt and Fruit

A combination of protein and carbohydrates is great for giving you that extra energy that you need. It’s a common misconception that you should avoid simple carbohydrates such as fruit altogether. Protein alone can’t supply you with the energy you need for a workout because it takes more time for your body to break down protein into energy than carbs.

Whole grain bread

Whole grain bread is what you would call a “slow-digesting” carbohydrate. Like brown rice or oats, it will keep you full for longer periods of time, and definitely long enough to complete your workout. Eat some whole grain bread about 45 minutes before your workout and top it off with some jam, or eat it together with hard-boiled eggs for extra protein.

Oats

They are full of fiber (but not so much that they’ll end up causing gas) and carbohydrates. Adding oats to your pre-workout meal will gradually introduce a steady flow of carbohydrates into your bloodstream, giving you enough energy for a full-length workout. Apart from that, they’re also packed with vitamin B, a micronutrient that is essential for converting carbohydrates into energy.


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