You are what you eat—especially when you’re working out and trying to hit certain fitness goals within a span of time.
Unfortunately, this isn’t common knowledge to everyone—while some people believe in starving themselves to burn fat, others assume that they can eat anything they like as long as they’re working out regularly.
However, if you really want to see your body change for the better within a short span of time, the only way to do so is to watch what you eat while also exercising your body regularly and in the right way, but more on that later.
Let’s first cover the basics of what you can and definitely should be eating before your workout session to optimize your fitness routine and see the best results in no time—happy reading!
1. Don’t skip your pre-workout
If you’ve never heard of the term before, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered here. A pre-workout is an energy drink that consists of all the important supplements you need to maximize your energy when working out.
Think of it this way—your body is going to need energy to make it through a thorough and difficult workout session, even if it’s just for an hour.
Without giving your body fuel before putting it through an intense workout session, you’re simply making life harder for yourself since you won’t have enough energy to put in your best and actually make every minute count.
That’s why there are certain foods that you must eat pre workout, since your body actually needs energy in order to get you through a physically intense activity.
Pre-workouts generally consist of natural supplements that give you an instant boost of energy, so consuming the right amount for your body type around 15 minutes before your workout session will help you see a world of difference starting from day one.
2. Fruits and nuts
Keep in mind that you’re going to be moving your body (including your stomach) and putting it through a lot for the next 6o minutes or so—which means that anything you eat before that needs to be suitable for a workout and not something heavy.
Avoid eating a full meal as you would for breakfast, and instead munch on a handful of fruits and nuts.
This will fill up your stomach while also not making you feel too full or bloated. Additionally, the natural sugars from the food will give you a quick boost of energy as well—which is much healthier than consuming energy drinks or coffee before working out.
3. Yogurt and protein bars
The easiest (and also tastiest way) to begin your workout session is by either having a cup of yogurt with a fruit of your choice, or simply having either a protein or a yogurt bar which you can even make at home.
Both these options are packed with just the right amount of nutrients to help you optimize your workout session and derive the most benefit from it.
However, it’s a good idea to not eat too much of it, since yogurt can feel pretty filling if you eat a whole bowl. Instead, try to eat a cup of yogurt and instead add more fruits to it so you also get that natural boost of sugar and fiber.
Apart from watching what you eat, it’s also a great idea to work with an expert trainer to get the best advice on what your body needs (and what it doesn’t).
This is one of the best and quickest ways to see good results soon, since you won’t have to rely on yourself but can get good advice from someone who already knows what’s best!
Good luck on your fitness journey and growth.