What you eat, and when you eat it is an important part of achieving your fitness goals. Whilst there are many different opinions on what is optional and what is not so optional, there are some vital rules that should be considered and observed in order to maximize your efforts and reach your goals in the best way possible.
Your body is very much like a machine: if you don’t provide it with the right kind of fuel when it needs it, it will not run properly and is more likely to breakdown. If you want to maximize your output in the gym, it is crucial that you give your body the necessary nutrients at the right time.
You’ve probably heard that your pre and post workout meals are the most important part of your nutrition plan. This is because what you eat before you train can be the difference you need for a killer workout and a killer workout leads to killer gains. Your post workout meal is equally as important, helping to regulate your blood sugar and refuel your muscles with much-needed nutrients to aid their recovery.
It is essential that you maximise your time in the gym in order to hit your goals. When your body is properly fueled, it can be pushed further, lift heavier and go for longer. Better workouts = better gains.
The body builds muscle and recovers 24 hours a day, not just at the gym. Smartly timed snacks can give the body the fuel it needs to build muscle, burn fat, and recover as best it can. If you prefer to eat before exercising, or if your workout will last longer than an hour, it’s suggested to grab a snack about 45 to 60 minutes in advance and keeping it small (think a palmful of carbs, a half palmful of protein, and a quarter palmful of fat).