3 Diet Tips To Make You Get Most Out Of Your Workout

February 2, 2017

diet tips

We tend to forget just how important diet is for our workout plan. Most professional trainers like to say: “proper workout session doesn’t start the moment you step into the gym.

Proper workout starts when you get out of your bed in the morning and continues throughout the whole day.”

What you eat and when you eat prior to your workout session can be crucial in yielding positive results.

Aside from your usual nutritional goals, you would want to check out the following tips to improve your workout sessions significantly.

Tip #1: Eat Slow-Digesting Carbs Before Your Training

Few people know that many successful athletes actually eat slow-digesting carbs prior to their sessions. Whole grains are excellent for breakfast and lunch because these have lower insulin levels and help you burn more fat during the day and throughout your workout.

Whole grains are also great for endurance boost.

Nutritionists and trainers agree that all the meals you eat before your exercise should have about 40 grams of slow-digesting carbs. Think:

  • oatmeal,
  • sweet potatoes,
  • fruit,
  • buckwheat,
  • whole-wheat bread.

Tip #2: Never Eat High-Fat Meals Before Your Workout

University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore warns that high-fat meals actually prevent your blood vessels from dilating by preventing nitric oxide (NO) from performing its paramount task for up to four hours after consuming.

This means that, if you eat high fat meals 4 hours prior to your training, it will slow down the blood flow to your muscles and decrease your progress significantly.

So, make sure you avoid eating large amounts of fats 4 hours prior to your workout, even if you’re in a mass-gaining phase.

Tip #3: A Green Salad/Whole-Food Combo Meal

The optimal meal to eat prior to hitting the gym is a green salad with low fat dressing/whole-food combo. This combination prevents the adverse effects on blood vessel dilation by enhancing NO.

The optimal time to eat it is two hours before you hit the gym.

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