What to Eat Before and After Your Workout

When working out/training you have to fuel your body.  There is a definite science behind all of it that will and does effect your results.  However depending on your goal this is what I suggest to do:

  1. If you’re trying to lose weight, do your workout first thing in the morning when your fasted and haven’t eaten anything and then when you’re done eat something small with a protein and a carb, like a protein shake with one scoop of protein and half of a banana or 3 egg whites and 1/2 a cup of oatmeal.  Keep your portions small and a PS, please don’t go carb or fat free your body needs those nutrients to stay healthy.  The side of the oatmeal container says. right on the front, oatmeal helps with heart health.  Diet wisely!
  2. If you’re a skinny little kid trying to put on muscle…  Well this is going to depend on your stomach.  Personally I can’t eat within 2 hours of going to the gym, I get super nauseous.  However if that doesn’t bother you, you can eat right before you go lift. Eat something with carbs and fats if you like.  What you are trying to do here is give your body something else to burn so that your muscles can build.  If you put a little something into your stomach your body will start to digest the food in your stomach and let your body reap more of the benefits from your work out.  After your done lifting have a protein shake, with fruit juice or a piece of fruit and maybe even add a tsp of olive oil.  Protein, fats, and carbs all work together to help optimize your bodies absorption and eat within 30-45 minutes after working out.
  3. If you are training for a running race such like a 5k or a marathon.  For a 5k I wouldn’t necessarily be concerned about eating before hand because it’s such a short race.  I would make that decision based off of how I was feeling that morning.  Now a marathon is a different story, you have to eat!  For most it’ll be a 4+ hour race, so eat lightly before your race, simple carbs would be best, bananas, bagels, things like that.

Ultimately find out what works best for you because at the end of the day each person’s body is a little different than the next.  So it may take a few weeks to figure out what work best for you.

Let me know what you think or if you have any other questions, you may post them below or email me kristin@fitnesswerqs.com I’m excited to hear from you!