Workout Nutrition Explained: What to Eat Before, During and After Exercise
Each week I review articles in four categories: fat loss, nutrition, strength training and health and wellness, giving you the Just Go Tips from each article to save you time and help you take action.
Workout Nutrition Explained: What to Eat Before, During and After Exercise by Brian St. Pierre
Finally, this whole workout nutrition thing is explained!
Covering the needs of both athletes and the average population, Brian talks about protein, carbs and fat in the context of workout nutrition, telling you exactly what you need to know.
You can go directly to the article by clicking here. My Just Go Tips from the article as well as my thoughts about it can be found below.
Just Go Tips
- Eat a healthy meal 1-2 hours before and after a workout. For most people, this will be all you need to know about workout nutrition. This would include a high quality protein and carb sources, some healthy fats and fruits and veggies.
- If you are an athlete, realize your workout nutrition needs are unique. Endurance athletes and bodybuilders could add a protein and carbohydrate drink during their workout. Physique competitors, as well as people trying to gain mass, could add branch chain amino acids during their workout.
- With general health and fitness needs, focus on food quantity and quality. This is the exact recommendation from Brian and it makes a lot of sense. There are many more pressing issues at hand than nutrient timing if you just trying to live healthy. Focusing on food quantity and quality are your first concerns if you aren’t an athlete.
- In the 0-60 minute window before exercise, consume something liquid. If you are going to consume anything at all within an hour of exercising making sure it is in liquid form will ensure you’ll have an easier time with digestion.
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Nutrient timing is not a main priority for the majority of people. If you are worried so much about nutrient timing, but have a crappy diet the rest of the time, it doesn’t matter much.
To go along with that, don’t over-complicate things. Your workout nutrition isn’t as much about the optimal strategy as it is finding the best thing that will work for you. This article will help you find what will work best in your situation.
As Brian says, nutrient timing isn’t magic. Just because you start incorporating it doesn’t mean you’ll instantly be ripped or shed body fat in a heart beat – there are still other factors and nutrient timing is just one tool among many to help you get results.
I highly recommend you take a look at Brian’s article if you want more of the details with workout nutrition. It’s an article I’ve gone back to multiple times and provides tremendous value.
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