Food is fuel and when it comes to working out, timing is everything. Head to the gym too soon after a big meal and cramps might put a cramp your workout. Eat too lightly and your blood sugar can drop so low that lifting your arms above your head is beyond you. While everyone is different and you should experiment to find with which eating strategy works best for you, here are some guidelines for how to fuel your workout session, whatever time of day you should choose to sweat.
- 30 Minutes Before - If you haven't eaten in a while and you are about to work out, fuel your body with easily digestible carbs. I am a big fan of whole grain foods, but foods high in fiber can cause bloating and other discomforts during a vigorous cardio session. Simple carbs are quickly processed by the body to create fuel for your muscles. Eating a handful of pretzels, half a bagel, or an energy bar can provide ample fuel without overtaxing your digestive system.
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