Whether you are heading to the gym for a cardio or weightlifting session, having the right snack before exercising can help maximize your efforts and results. However, not all snacks are created equal.
The portion and content of your pre-exercise snacks have a big impact on your energy levels during your workout, how well your body recovers after your workout, and whether the calories you eat will be used as fuel or stored as fat.
Remember to keep well hydrated as this will make your workout easier and more effective.
Drink about half a litre of water an hour or two before you start exercising. For the energy boost to make it through your workout, grab one of these 5 tantalizing snacks.
Wholegrain bread is a good source of carbohydrates. Top it off with jam or honey for more fuel. If you are heading to the gym during your lunch break, grab some bread about 45 minutes before your workout.
How much to eat: 1 or 2 slices of wholegrain bread
The magnesium in yogurt activates enzymes that are involved in the metabolism of protein and carbs. Yoghurt provides energy and is a good choice before both cardio and weightlifting sessions.
How much to eat: 8 ounces of low-fat plain yogurt
ENERGY / GRANOLA BARS
Boost your energy reserves by a eating a pre exercise bar before hitting the gym. These bars usually contain carbohydrate, which provides energy to the body. Make sure the bar that you get has a minimum amount of fat.
How much to eat: 1 or 2 energy/granola bars
Monounsaturated fats found in almonds provide energy-boosting essential fatty acids such as omega-3s and omega-6s. Avoid saturated fats such as cheese and butter, which will make you tired and lethargic.
How much to eat : 12 almonds