Pre or Post Workout Snacks?
Post workout meal ideas are a great way to refeed your body. However, a pre workout snack can improve your work out and help you stay on track.
Famished after a Workout?
Working out on a weight reduction plan may leave you feeling like your stamina is reduced. It can also leave you feeling famished after the workout. If this happens you are tempted to undo all of your hard work with overeating. The famished feeling is not your imagination. Your work out depletes your glycogen stores. Your blood sugar drops in response to your body using this energy for the work out. So now you body is requesting you to balance your blood sugar. And it screams for food, and it is difficult to say no!
Improve your Workout by doing this.
A small pre-workout snack will improve your stamina and reduce your risk of feeling famished post exercise. I recommend this for workouts that are moderate to vigorous in intensity and last for longer than 45 minutes.
Eating approximately 20-30 minutes before the work out will result in a slightly elevated blood sugar by the time your body starts moving the available glucose from your blood into the muscle for use as energy. This slight elevation will result in no dipping of the blood sugar which should eliminate the famished feeling.
This easy accessible sugar will result in improved muscle work as it will have additional energy for use after the glycogen stores are used. Your work outs will improve and you will feel stronger. Additionally, his slight elevation will result in no dipping of the blood sugar which should eliminate the famished feeling.
What Should I Eat?
A pre-work out snack should be small. I recommend 1/2 a small apple or a protein shake. This will give you the energy you need but won’t exceed your calorie intake and undo your hard work.
This short blog on post work out foods is great too. Follow their suggestions if the foods fit into your meal plan.
If you are on a weight reduction plan and those foods do not fit in to your calorie count use the pre workout snack instead.
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