When and what should you eat before exercising?
Have you ever wondered why do you have much more energy to workout some days than others? This could be due to the time and the type of food you eat before exercising. Let’s see how the food you eat can have an impact on your performance!
Can we get better results if we eat at certain times?
The most important is to control your overall calorie intake (keep an eye on portion sizes) and the quality of your food (eat well throughout the day). But that also depends on your goals. If you are not spending all your time in the gym every day, the nutrient timing (eating a certain amount of nutrients at a certain time) does not have a real importance. Try to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day at a regular time and exercise when it seems the best time for you. Easy!
On the other hand, if your objective is to gain mass and that you are doing intense and long training, the time and the type of food you eat before exercising or after a workout becomes more significant. In this case, you should eat the right balance of carbs, protein, and fat both before and after your workout in order to prevent muscle mass loss and give you more energy.
You just need to consider that macronutrients are absorbed by the body differently. Carbs are ideal to receive a quick dose of energy: sugary carbs are the fastest to digest and complex carbs take a little longer (whole grains or legumes). Protein arrives in the second position and the longest to digest is the fat. The digestion time depends also on the proportion.
In order to increase your performance during your intense workouts, focus more on carbs and protein and limit the amount of fat.
🔸 Don’t eat protein bars or shake (even less just before your training). Energetic bars often contain a lot of sugar and artificial ingredients.
🔸 Drink a coffee before your workout: some studies demonstrate that caffeine could improve physical performance.