Food is so important when wanting to have a healthy lifestyle, its not just the exercise- it also is very important when it comes to exercising, as it fuels your workouts. You need to eat the right foods at the right time to get the best out of your healthy living lifestyle, so you can make the most out of your workouts, lose weight or tone your body faster and feel energised all the time throughout your workouts!
The way to getting and maintaining a great body is the combination of regular exercise and eating the rights foods at the right time. You need to fuel your body before and after every workout so you can build lean muscle, lose weight and speed up recovery.
Even if you don’t eat before your workout, compared to eating research does show that the body burns the same amount of fat. However, it can cause muscle loss If you don’t eat before a workout. This is due to the body going into survival mode when you’re hungry, so it draws protein from the muscle instead of the kidneys and liver, where the body normally looks for protein. So this means you lose muscle mass, which can slow down your metabolism, and make it harder for you to lose weight. So the best thing to do is eat before every workout, even if it just a light snack!
Some ideas for a pre-workout treat:
Porridge with berries
Multi-grain crackers with hummus
Apple and walnuts
Banana with almond butter
During exercise, your body taps the fuel stores in your muscles known as glycogen for energy. Once you’ve completed your workout, your muscles are depleted of their glycogen stores and broken down. Eating or drinking something that combines protein and carbohydrates half an hour to an hour after your workout refills the energy stores, builds and repairs your muscles that were broken down during the workout, and helps keep your metabolism burning strong.
Some ideas for a post-workout treat:
Multi-grain bread with raw peanut butter and jam
Salad with roasted chickpeas
By Rosie Allen.