Thursday, September 10, 2015

True or False: No Food Before A Workout

You want to burn calories and lose weight so you shouldn’t eat before a workout.  Right?


The truth is you should eat a snack about 30 minutes before you exercise so your body has enough energy to get you through your workout. Think of it like fuel for a car. If you don’t put enough gas in your car, you won’t get to where you need to be.  If you don’t eat before a workout, this causes low blood sugar and in turn will cause light-headedness and fatigue. Another problem of working on an empty stomach is that you will burn off calories but you’ll also be burning off muscle.

Muscle tissue is made up of mostly protein. If you aren’t getting enough protein during your workouts, you may lose muscle mass because your body resorts to breaking down its own tissue in search of fuel. The best way to combat this is to eat enough protein, carbs and fat during the day and before a strenuous workout. 

Now you don’t need to consume a full meal but a light snack packed with carbs and protein will do the trick.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Snack #1
Medium sliced banana in a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt.  

Bananas are packed with potassium to prevent muscle cramping and yogurt has between 8-10 grams of protein.  I like to use greek yogurt.

Snack #2
1/2 cup walnuts

Eating walnuts will provide you with 10 grams of protein as well as omega-3 fats…don’t worry it’s good fat!

Snack #3
A Shake

It’s not heavy on your stomach, convenient and you can add the ingredients that you like. 

On the Dr. Oz show, celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler recommended USANA Nutrimeal Free as her “go to” shake. 

Top reasons for using Nutrimeal Free:
  • 15 grams of protein.
  • 8 grams of fiber
  • Plant-based
  • Clean - free from soy, gluten, dairy, egg and wheat

If you’re interested in learning more about changing your health lifestyle,  I’ll be happy to speak with you.

To your creatively healthy life!

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