Believe it or not, what you eat before and after your workout has a huge effect on how quickly you will be losing weight. Keeping up with consistent workout activity is one thing however you’ll never see the results you’re yearning for if a healthy diet is not part of it! Changing the way we eat can be difficult and quite a challenge but it’s all about knowing what you should be putting in your tummy and when!
Here it goes, we’re going to say it… the big ‘C’ word. CARBS. Yes, that is correct, complex carbohydrates aren’t to be feared as they assist in the journey of weight loss! Complex carbs are referred to as the ‘good carbs’ and they come from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds. These carbs give you a healthy energy boost and kick starts your metabolism! In addition to this they contain fibre, which you should ensure you are getting enough of in your diet. Why you ask?! Fibre keeps you fuller longer, eliminating those snacking urges! You will also want to add a healthy protein to your meal such as a nut butter (peanut, almond), eggs, Greek yogurt, fish or chicken etc.
Some examples of healthy complex carbohydrates:
- Lentils, chickpeas, soy beans
- Brown rice, corn, barley, oats, quinoa
- Potatoes, onions, carrots, broccoli, asparagus
- Prunes, apples, grapefruits, pears
*The types of carbs you will want to avoid are refined carbohydrates, which comes from white bread, enriched flour and sugars.
If you exercise on an empty stomach you aren’t giving your body the proper fuel it needs to kick a good workout in the butt! So make sure you are well fed (not full) at least 2 hours before you begin hashing it out at the gym!
Most people assume that if they eat a huge meal after their gym session that they’re sure to burn the calories right away, but it’s a myth! Your body needs the same amount of fuel you put into your body pre workout however in a shorter period of time. Try not to wait 2-3 hours before eating a meal, as your metabolism will have slowed down by then and your body won’t break down the carbohydrates. The best time to chow down after sweating it out is 20-60 minutes after you have finished. Our advice is to have your post workout meal already prepared or possibly keep it in your gym bag or car! Tupperware comes in handy!
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