Best Workout Meals: What to Eat Before and After Each Session

Most of us resort to a dedicated workout regimen to burn those extra calories and stay in perfect shape. But have you ever comprehended the scientific relationship between your diet and workouts. It is indeed truly said that exercise and diet work hand in hand to give you the best results. What you consume before and after your workouts will greatly impact your overall health and fitness.

Thus the different dietary requirements for every kind of workout are decoded below to help you attain a healthy body.

Type of workout: running (including spinners)

Pre-workout meal

It is quite essential that you don’t fill your tummy to its brim before you hit the pavement for a rigorous jogging session. However if you are desperately in need of some start-up fuel, you can definitely munch on an avocado toast before you begin your workout. While running the most important function of your body is to burn carbohydrates. The avocados provide you healthy and valuable fats to boost your energy while the carbohydrates deplete in your body. Now to add that extra zest to your running session you can gulp in some black coffee which will stimulate your adrenaline to give you a longer and more intense running time.

Post-workout meal

Once you’ve burnt all your carbs, it is now time to replenish all your lost nutrients during the course of the workout. Thus you should treat yourself with a simple yet balanced meal of vegetables, salmons and complex carbohydrates to regain your strength.  If you don’t want to have a meal after a rigorous session but just sip on something, then a well-made nutritious smoothie of coconut milk, papaya and bee pollen will serve as the best meal deal.

Type of workout: interval training (high-intensity)

Pre-workout meal

The name of the workout itself suggests the strain that your body goes through during the ‘high intensity’ training. Thus it is important to fuel your body well before starting the workout. Seeds and nuts are high-fibre eatables that cover all the important macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats to keep you stimulated and satisfied. To give you a quick energy boost, half a cup of oatmeal will do the magic. However if you are falling short of time and want to reserve your energy for the high-intensity training session, then a nut bar and low processed fruit would be sufficient. The most important aspect is to gain access to essential carbs which will serve as a booster for the yet- to- begin workout session.

Post-workout meal

The key to regaining your lost strength is nothing but proteins. Without sufficient amount of proteins you will never be able to reap the benefits of your hard work. Protein is an important nutrient that repairs your muscles and in turn tones you down. However muscle replenishment comes through proteins as well as glycogen. Thus sufficient intake of quinoa will not only provide you with carbs to help restore the level of glycogen in your body but will dump a whole lot of proteins in your body which is quite necessary for you. Simultaneously you can add some eggs and veggies to serve as an extra protein boost.

Type of workout: yoga

Pre-workout meal

While making your body handle complicated yoga postures such as a headstand, you’d definitely bring up with a full tummy. Thus to stay in the best bodily condition to be able to club workout with meditation, it is important to keep it simple… Actually quite simple, when it comes to a pre-yoga snack. So stick to the simplest option ever which is water. However for a little variation you can always opt for the coconut water to replenish the electrolytes you lose because of excessive sweating.

Post-workout meal

Now to club meditation with replenishment, you can opt for a wholesome yet light snack. A perfect green smoothie loaded with greens, apple, celery, pear and banana will serve as a rich source of amino acids, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins to smoothly flow through your system and digest well such that it does not make you feel heavy. However if you feel light after your yoga session and wish to chew rather than sip, then hummus or mashed avocado along with veggies will do just fine the phytonutrients and antioxidants present in the avocado will help prolong your virtuous feeling post the session.

Type of workout: strength training

Pre-workout meal

Though strength training is not as taxing as the high-intensity interval training, but it does strain your body. The intake of one tablespoon of almond butter or half a banana would help to adequately boost your energy levels before you start your training. Bananas are rich in complex minerals and carbs, potassium and fiber which serve as a great energy booster. However, you can also supplement it with l-carnitine which is an amino acid used by several athletes to help you maximize your workouts. The amino acids help in transferring fats into the energy producing part of the cells and give you that extra energy by burning them as a fuel.

Post-workout meal

Again protein is the only healer for the strength trainers. Proteins help in healing structures as well as repairing muscles to grow in size and endurance. Thus for such workouts, a smoothie containing whey protein powder will definitely revive your strength. However, you should consider hydrating yourself with some coconut water before gulping down a combination of whey protein powder, chia seeds, almond milk, cinnamon, acai and vanilla extract. The smoothie is extremely filling and will quickly replenish your body with the required amino acids. Acai is a major source of natural energy while chia seeds are a rich supply of fiber, protein, minerals, omega 3 fats and long burning fuel. All these are extremely important to revive you after a strenuous work out regime.