What to Eat BEFORE & AFTER a Workout


BeforeAfterWorkout

I have recently been doing a new workout routine. I am not ready to unveil it just yet because I want to make sure I love it before I tell you all about it. I was a little too quick to write about the Britney Spears + Jessica Alba Workout Routine. I fucking hate this routine. It made me dread the gym and was so long.  I guess not all things are DIY. Ek!

One things I am confident about sharing is what to eat before you workout and what to eat after. My friend John [who helped me create the new routine] is an Olympian in the 100 meter dash. He actually is a champion wheelchair racer and was once the best in the USA!

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So with great confidence I can tell you: before you workout have a banana. John said it will make you less sore because a lack a potassium amplified sore muscles.  I also found on this Men’s Health article a great explanation:

“They’re nature’s PowerBar,” boasts Dr. Louise Burke, head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport and coauthor of The Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance: Peak Nutrition for Your Sport. Bananas are loaded with digestible carbohydrates (read: fuel) and are packed with potassium, which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function. The body doesn’t store potassium for very long, so a medium banana before a workout will help keep nutrient levels high. Villacorta especially recommends bananas for morning exercisers: “Get up and eat a medium banana with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt. Wait about 30 minutes and then hit the gym. Your body will need the carbohydrates and protein.”

After the gym you should be drink chocolate milk. I know this sounds disgusting, but it works! John says after a workout you lose glycogen. What is glycogen? Science Daily says, in a matter of words, that humans and animals store glycogen energy in their muscles and liver. Chocolate milk helps replace glycogen and results in a fast recovery. Don’t believe me? UTexas even says so. So ha!

Word of advice from personal experience, don’t workout on an empty stomach!

love, Sarah

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