Confused about what to eat before a workout?
Should you have some carbs? Some protein? Eat right before your workout? Eat an hour before? What to do…
In this video you’ll discover the truth about what to eat before a workout and you may be surprised by the answer.
If you lack energy during your workout, focusing on what to eat right before your workout isn’t going to have much of an impact on your energy levels if you’re not eating healthy during the rest of the day.
Actually, having too many carbs throughout the day or even right before your workout can cause energy crashes. Eating a high carb diet, which is so commonly recommended in North America, it not optimal for energy or for health. High carb diets cause your body to become carb dependent for energy. Carbs don’t stick around in your system very long and so they actually aren’t a great source of energy.
Have you ever got overly hungry and cranky after not eating for a few hours? That’s because there’s no carbs in your system! You’ve burned through them and your body is craving more!
Your high carb diet, is likely the reason you’re burning out during your workout.
So the typical bagel and peanut butter or having some crackers is not the answer to keep you energized during your workout.
Now keep in mind I’m talking about nutrition for the average person with moderate goals. Not a triathlete or marathon runners, who’s nutrition goals would be much different.
So instead of munching on a bunch of carbs what should you do? “Train” your body to start using fat for energy, the supply is pretty much limitless. If you have fat on your body, well then you have energy to use.
Let me give you an example. I use a technique called intermittent fasting on a daily basis. Basically that means after dinner (which is around 6 or 7 pm) I don’t eat ANYTHING until around 10 am the next day. This gives my body a chance to tap into fat stores to BURN fat as well as allow my body to detox. Now I get up and workout around 6 or 7 am. Although I haven’t eaten in about 12 hours I’m fine and I get in a great workout.
I didn’t eat carbs or any food at all before my workout. My healthy diet full of fats and protein and a moderate carb intake is what allows me to have energy for my workout and to feel good! Now when I don’t eat so good the day before my workout, I can definitely tell and sometimes my workout can suffer a bit more than usual.
So ideally you want to focus on eating healthy for performance, energy, and just to feel awesome! Doing that will fuel your workout.
So how do you start relying on fat for energy instead of carbs? Start eating a diet lower in carbs and eat more healthy fats and proteins in your diet. Now I’m not saying to eat NO carbs or ULTRA LOW carbs, but rather to start paying to how many carbs you get in per day from ANY source and keep it between 75-150 grams.
You’d be surprised to discover that you’re probably taking in a lot more carbs and sugars than you thought. I encourage you to read those labels and add up your carbs for a few days. There’s a good chance you’re getting 200 or 300 grams per day even if you’re “eating healthy”. It is what we’ve been taught for so long. Unfortunately, that information is misguided and harmful to our goals rather than helpful.
As your body becomes more fat dependent for energy, it’s not necessary to eat right before your workout. Don’t get me wrong, it won’t hurt you and I’m not saying you can’t, but instead of wasting time trying to figure out how to get a meal in right before your workout, spend that energy focusing on eating healthy throughout the entire day.
You have enough to worry about and working out is hard enough so so give yourself one less thing to worry about!