Even before you hit the gym, you ask yourself a million questions.
“Should I workout today? If so, what should I eat beforehand? Or should I take a pre-workout supplement? Actually, should I take anything at all?”
We’ve discussed this over and over — fueling your body is easier said than done.
Ideally, everything you eat should be balanced. This means that even if you eat a snack, there ought to be equal parts of proteins, carbs, and fats adjusted to your macronutrient needs.
Yes — that can be challenging. Peter Curcio, CrossFit coach and breakingmuscle.com writer, says that before you workout, you should eat a solid meal 60-120 minutes before hitting the gym of 0.4 grams per pound of body weight each of protein and carbohydrate.
Obviously there is no 100% correct, gold standard answer to how much an individual should scarf down at that time, but you see the point.
IF you are short on time or exercise in the early morning, it doesn’t make sense to wake up at 4:00am to eat a meal just so you can workout at 6:00am. Another good idea is to simply eat “good carbs” 15-30 minutes before you hit the gym.
“Good Carbs” are non-processed complex carbohydrates, thus have a chemical structure that makes it harder for our bodies to digest. It makes us feel fuller longer and allows us to have sustained energy when running around.
Oats, whole grains, and fruits are examples of good carbs you can eat before working out.
Personally, I used to never eat before working out. I then started to eat around 20-30g of carbs before working out and I was no longer shaky or sluggish during my session. Since I typically workout in the morning, I scarf down some oatmeal, half a banana, or 1/4 cup of dried fruit on the way to gym.
Note that supplements should always be your last resort. No product can substitute real food and hard work. Put your nose to the grindstone and get after it.
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