Are you looking to get more out of your workouts? If so, carefully plan what you eat before, during, and after going to the gym. Before your workouts make sure you emphasize carbohydrates, just don’t eat too many. During your workouts, drink plenty of water and/or add an apple or piece of fruit. After your workouts, focus on eating proteins to help with muscle recovery. Repeat as needed.
- Scientists have long known that what you eat before, during and after you exercise can make or break a workout and possibly affect your fitness results.
- Before you exercise, eat carbs, but not too much, said Nancy Cohen, a professor in the department of nutrition at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
- She recommended consuming 1 to 4 grams of carbohydrates per every 2.2 pounds of body weight if you are planning to exercise for longer than an hour.
“By eating carbohydrate-rich foods that are low in fat and low or moderate in protein, you can make sure you have enough muscle glycogen as fuel for your physical activity.”