The Best Foods To Eat Before Working Out


The Best Foods To Eat Before Working Out

What Are The Best Foods To Eat Before Working Out?

The other day, a young lady came into my gym to sign up. She was somewhat well versed at health and fitness, but she readily volunteered there was plenty to learn. She set up a consultation with me for a few training sessions because she said she was confused by the conflicting information on the internet. This is a rather common occurrence. The internet is filled with fitness myths and propaganda which will do nothing to help you towards your fitness goals. This young lady is interested in adding a little muscle to her small frame, or toning, as it’s commonly referred to, and had a few nutrition questions along the way. Her biggest quandary, she said, was the question of what are the best foods to eat before working out?

The best foods to eat before working out will naturally depend upon a plethora of variables. Your metabolic rate, your goals, any digestive disorders or food allergies/issues, your budget, and so on. In this young lady’s case, as she wanted to gain a bit of muscle, I advised her to eat a small meal containing some complex carbohydrates, a little bit of good fats, and of course, some protein thrown in as well. The reason for the protein is obvious to most, as you need protein to build muscle tissue. Granted, a lot of whatever she consumes pre workout will be expended before she’s in the post workout recovery phase, or the anabolic window, as it’s commonly known, but having a little in the tank, so to speak, for when she’s finished at the gym, and before she can get another helping of protein ingested, is a good idea if you’re serious about putting on some muscle. When I suggested she take in some complex carbs pre workout, she was a bit confused, as she had heard from countless internet gurus that carbs will make you fat and not build muscle.

Carbohydrates, as I’ve written about elsewhere on this site, are the best source of fuel for our bodies, bar none. Fats are the second best, and protein is in dead last place of the 3 macronutrients. The reason for ingesting some good quality ie: complex carbs, pre workout, is to give your body fuel to complete a good strenuous workout. Yes, carbs do not build muscle, but unless you have fuel to perform a quality workout, you can ingest all the protein in the world, and you won’t grow muscle tissue.

Let’s say, for the point of example, that you have an altogether different fitness goal than the aforementioned young lady at my gym. Let’s say that you are looking to lose weight and are focusing on cardiovascular exercise in order to burn body fat. In this case, the best foods to eat before working out are totally different. If this trainee is performing her cardio first thing in the morning, as I recommend, then she need eat nothing pre workout. Whatever she eats will be used as fuel for the workout, just like the young lady in the gym looking to add muscle, but in this case, that would hinder this lady’s fat loss, as her body won’t be burning it’s fat, but rather whatever she consumed before she worked out.

If you want to know specifically the best foods to eat before working out, the answer is going to be the purest and most substantial. For example, if you want to add muscle, you’ll need protein, but you want to be sure you get your protein from a good source. A few egg whites coupled with 1 whole egg is a better choice than something fatty such as leftover chicken fried steak. As for carbohydrates, those that are fueling their workouts with sustenance other than their own body’s fat, will do well to rely upon complex carbohydrates, as opposed to the simple sugars found in processed carbs, such as white bread, candy bars, and so on.

Pre workout supplements are a booming business, but they are nowhere on the list of the best foods to eat before working out. In fact, after 22 years as an Austin personal trainer and gym owner, I’ve deemed them unnecessary for most everybody, save for the ultra rare exception. No matter your goals, you have to eat well in order to not only fuel your workouts, but fuel your success. If you eat poorly and workout, you will only achieve minimal success. If you’re going to take the time and make the effort to workout, do it properly. That means eating well, exercising even when you’d rather be doing something else, and allowing your body ample rest to recover.

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Longtime Austin personal trainer Andy Bruchey answers the oft asked question of what are the best foods to eat before working out.
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My name is Andy Bruchey and I founded Complete Fitness Design over 20 years ago. I specialize in weight loss/gain, including the addition of quality, lean muscle mass, corrective flexibility, post injury rehabilitation, nutrition and sports specific training.

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