You’ve heard so many tips about what to eat before a workout and what to eat afterwards, but what’s the right thing to do?
Working out can be one of the only times of the day that you get time to yourself. It may not sound very relaxing, but working out can help free your mind and relieve stress. You might want a snack before you workout, or maybe you’re going to be late, so you eat beforehand.
If you want to gain muscle, eating proteins, like beans or nuts before working out can help stimulate muscle growth. If you want to keep up your energy while working out, you need to eat complex carbohydrates like broccoli, beans, and oats before your workout. When eating before a workout, a meal should be eaten 2-3 hours before the workout while a lighter snack should be eaten 30-60 min before the workout.
Unlike eating before a workout, eating after workouts is very highly-recommended. Eating foods like proteins and carbohydrates is very important in building back broken down muscle and tissue. Click here to see a list of post-workout foods. Remember to stick to those proteins and carbohydrates and stay away from sugar.