Sunday, October 18th, 2009

What to Eat Before Lifting Weights

October 15, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Fitness, Weight Lifting

The process of getting stronger and in shape is a dynamic one in the sense several crucial elements are in play. Diet is one of those elements. Before a workout, you want to eat properly so that you’re not adversely affected during your workout.

The ideal pre-workout meal comes 30 minutes prior to lifting weights and involves a small portion of complex carbohydrates to fuel your time in the gym. A small portion of rice or a piece of toast with a 1/2 banana or 1/2 an apple would be perfect. The goal is to give you energy, but not have your blood going to the digestive system. If your blood is helping digest your food, it is not delivering oxygen to the muscles.

Whatever you do, don’t go into a workout hungry. You should feel light on your feet and neither hungry nor full. Skip the large protein intake prior to a workout (a little is ok). You don’t need it going in.

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