16 Jun 30 Day Weight Loss/Transformation Week #3… ( Pre/Post Workout Snacks)
All my friends and clients know I am “All About FOOD!” 🙂
For the most part the average person working out for overall general health (or even weight loss) 5-6 days per week (45-60 minutes) can their save money on supplements, shakes, bars, drinks, etc. Myself included.
The body prefers food over something manufactured any day. The body absorbs ~90-100% of nutrients from food. This percentage goes down to about ~50-70% in supplements.
Pre-Post Snack Options
Before your work out, focus more on carbs with less protein and fat. You want to body to focus on burning calories, not digestion.
After your workout get all marco-nutrients – carbs, protein, and fat. You want to refuel muscles and aid in proper recovery from the workout.
I recommend eating a snack ~1 to 2 hours prior to workout. This is specific to the individual.
I also recommend eating a snack (or meal) within an 1 to 2 hour after workout. Within an hour is best for maximum muscle building and recovery.
90-100 calorie regular/Greek yogurt
1 TBSP sliced almonds or pistachios
1 Nature’s Valley (crunchy) Granola Bar (1 of the 2 bars in pack)
8 oz 1% milk
8 oz lowfat chocolate milk
½ ounce nuts
1 piece/serving of fruit
Reduced fat-string cheese
Note: These are general recommendations. Serving sizes will vary per individual.
Essential Keys to Fueling Body Before/After a Workout
The key to keeping energy levels up all day is taking in adequate calories prior to and after workouts. This way you’re always ready rather than trying to take down a supplement at the last minute. In many cases, the supplement is not providing the energy being marketed.
***Do you find yourself going into your workouts sluggish or pushing yourself midway through? Inbox me directly and we can talk specifically about how to boost your energy levels and revive up your metabolism with food***