Foods to eat before and after

Eat before workout or after

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What you eat could make your next workout better, whether you're just starting to exercise or you’re an athlete in training.

Eating right can help energize your workout. Which foods are best, which should you avoid, and when should you eat?

Carb loading? You probably don't need it if you eat enough carbs while you're training.

What is the best thing to eat before exercising for energy and endurance?

You need quality carbs, lean protein, heart-healthy fats, and fluids.

Your muscles rely on carbohydrate foods like breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables for quick energy.

You need protein for your muscles and for your blood cells, which bring nutrients and oxygen to your muscles.

You also need fluids, or your body will have a hard time performing at its best.

Is there an ideal meal to eat before exercise?

There's no one meal that you need to eat before working out. Instead, focus on these 5 things:

  1. Low fat
  2. Moderate in carbs and protein
  3. Low fiber
  4. Includes fluids
  5. Made up of familiar foods that you tolerate well

A grilled chicken sandwich or a slice of cheese pizza might fit the pregame meal description, but stay clear of the fried food (including french fries), greasy burgers, and soft drinks.

Also, a pregame meal isn't the time to try a new food.

Why is it so important to drink plenty of liquids during exercise?

Water acts as your body’s cooling system. You don't want to get dehydrated.

The best way to stay hydrated is to drink plenty of fluids with meals, and drink about 2 cups (16 ounces) of water 2 hours before exercise.

Is it better to stay hydrated with sports drinks or plain water?

Water is often enough. But if you're exercising for more than 60 minutes in hot, humid conditions, sports drinks may help. They give you carbs and sodium, as well as fluids.

Sports drinks are also a good choice if you play team sports like soccer or football, especially when the temperature and humidity are high. If you sweat a lot, a sports drink might be preferable to water.

Source: www.webmd.com


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