Written by sports guru- Wallace Muya:
Ever thought of why you are not supposed to exercise on an empty stomach? For long-hour workouts, you need energy during strenuous exercise and nutrients to repair muscles afterwards. Therefore, good nutrition helps you perform better and recover faster after each workout.
First step is to know what is important to your body. Thereafter, fuel the body with the right nutrients prior to exercise that will give you energy and strength you need to boost your performance. However, watch out on the ratio of what you need to consume, which will vary individually, and the type of exercise.
Research shows that the body burns the same amounts of fat whether you eat or don’t eat. However, you can actually cause muscle loss if you regularly work out on an empty stomach. When you are hungry, your body goes into survival mode and draws proteins from muscle instead of from your kidney and liver, where the body normally looks for proteins. This causes loss of muscle mass, which can ultimately slow your metabolism and make it harder for you to lose weight. In addition, you are not giving yourself the fuel you need to power through an intense training session.
The best foods or snacks before a workout should contain a combination of carbs and proteins. Talk of brown rice, black beans, sweet potatoes, salted broccoli cooked with olive oil, bananas, multi-grain cracker, oatmeal, berries, apples and walnuts.
For the pre-workout meals or snacks when taken in the right measures, quantity or ratios have several benefits, including:
- Increased muscle growth.
- Maintain and protect the hard-acquired muscle.
- More energy during workouts hence good performance.
- Good health too.
Whether you trying to lose fat or build muscle, check on calories implications on your pre and post workouts meals these will be very helpful for you. This is to ensure the workouts are fruitful.