Do I Need to Consume Anything Pre-Workout?
Now, there are some people out there that like to wake up and workout on a completely empty stomach. If you are someone that doesn’t experience crashes and feeling nauseous that is a personal preference.
I personally recommend getting something into your system before you work out. You are wanting that boost to be able to perform better when working out. To help get the results that you are seeking. Such as toning muscles or losing those pesky pounds.
So we all know by now I am a friend of carbs and I have explained why they are crucial. But first, we need to talk about how those carbs affect us through the Glycemic Index (GI), What to eat pre-workout, and what about pre-workout drinks?
The glycemic index was created to see how different foods affect your blood sugar levels. The higher the number the more drastic of an effect it will have on your blood sugar. The lower the level then the less likely it will cause a fluctuation in your blood sugar.
- High is considered 70+
- Moderate is 56-70
- Low is 0-55
What do I follow for some Pre-Workout meals?
Do I want to eat high or Low? There are some people out there that think I should eat something that has a high GI. Thinking that it will give them the quickest form of energy. As per studies, it is actually recommended that you focus on eating low GI foods 1-2 hours before working out.
What are some good sources of low GI foods?
Smoothies are a great way to get in a ton of nutrition in a short period of time. Fresh fruit, some healthy fats, grains, and protein. This will give you an easily absorbed meal that will keep you lasting a lot longer and having the gains you want to see from your workout.
What about Pre-Workouts?
Ahh, Yes, Pre-Workout drinks. I will be the first to tell you that I wasn’t a fan of them. So many out on the market are full of synthetics, which wreak havoc on your body.
I did find one that I fell in love with. Energize from Beachbody.
- It is derived from green tea, which is a natural source which our bodies know what to do with a natural substance.
- Beta-alanine- Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid that is produced naturally in the body. Beta-alanine aids in the production of carnosine. That’s a compound that plays a role in muscle endurance in high-intensity exercise. Muscles already contain carnosine. Higher levels of carnosine may allow the muscles to perform for longer periods before they become fatigued. Carnosine does this by helping to regulate acid buildup in the muscles, a primary cause of muscle fatigue.
- Quercetin: It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
Remember everyone is different, and everybody reacts differently. What works for you may not work for someone else. Do what works best for you. Want to learn more about obtaining your goals, and what products I recommend for you specifically. Contact me Here!