Working out is great for us, both mentally and physically. It keeps our mind clear and our body in shape. But, in order to complete a great work out, you need to have enough energy for it. And we accumulate energy by eating. But, how to choose the right pre workout meal? If we eat too much, we’ll be sick, and if we eat too little, we won’t have enough energy. Well, follow these simple steps, and all your questions about this topic will be answered.
First of all, you need to keep in mind what type of a workout will you be having, and plan your pre workout meal accordingly. If you’ll be having your workout very soon, you should eat less, and if you’re having it in no time soon, you can get full. You should eat a large meal only if you’re planning to have a workout in 3 or 4 hours, and if you’ve planned to workout in 2 or 3 hours, you should eat a small meal. But, if you’ll be working out in 1 or 2 hours, just eat a snack.
Then, figure out how much calories you are going to burn during your workout, and eat a meal with half as much calories in it. You must burn more calories than you’re going to intake, in order for your workout to make any sense.
Also, your breakfast should be full of carbohydrates and proteins. This is extremely important, because you need to up your blood sugar, and have more energy. For a good breakfast, eat an egg and a toast, a slice of bread with some peanut butter, or some grain cereal with non-fat milk and slices of banana.
If you’re planning to work out in the afternoon, eat a lunch that is also full of carbohydrates and proteins. You could eat a turkey sandwich at least 3 hours before the workout, or a chicken salad. Chicken meat is full of protein, so this type of meal offers a lot of energy. Just make sure you eat it at least 3 to 4 hours before the workout. Also, you can do this if you plan to work out in the late evening.
If you haven’t eaten anything recently, you can eat a snack some 30 minutes to an hour before the workout. And by snack, we are referring to pretzels, candy-bars, smoothie, fruit, etc.
Also, you should drink plenty of water, because people sweat a lot during the workout. Dehydration is a huge issue, so drink water to prevent it. To keep yourself in good shape, drink 0.5 to 1 liter of water per hour before the workout. In addition to this, you can drink a cup of coffee about an hour before the workout. It will boost your energy and help you become more active. Just make sure you drink plenty of water too, in order to avoid the negative effects of the caffeine that is one of the main ingredients of coffee.