What Is Pre-Workout Nutrition and Why Should You Consider It

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What Is Pre-Workout Nutrition and Why Should You Consider It

If you are serious about your health and fitness there is every chance that you take nutrition seriously too. You will already appreciate that your body is a complex biological machine and that it works at its best if you supply it with the best available fuel. Due to the changes that occur in your body during and after exercise, nutrition has a very important role to play.

To get the most out of your workouts, whether you train for fitness or muscle tone, you need to have at least some understanding of exactly how when and what you eat affects your outcomes. Just like a motor vehicle, if you put the wrong fuel into your body, it may still operate to some degree but it will by no means be doing so at its most efficient. In the following article, we will take a closer look at the value of pre-workout nutrition.


Addressing the balance

While the last thing you need during an intense workout is a stomach full of stodgy food, your body will need nourishment and carbs during and after it has been put through its paces. You can click here to check out some facts about pre-workout do’s and don’ts.

In particular, bodybuilders are most likely to be aware that protein synthesis rates are lowered during training and that they increase again when the body is at rest following a workout.

This is why it is important to ensure that you have taken on sufficient calories and protein before your workout and this may be especially important if you train at the start of the day. Finding the balance between bloating up and taking on board sufficient fuel is likely to be a key factor in how quickly you build muscle and retain fitness levels for stamina and endurance.


The truth about eating carbs before working out

While carbs have received something of a negative reputation over the last few years and given way to the promotion of protein consumption, they still have a vital role in exercise and bodybuilding. There is an abundance of evidence to suggest that carbs act with insulin in the production of glucose to form the triglycerides that get trapped as fats in the body’s “fat cells”.

While this may be correct, training and in particularly cardio type exercise regimes feed off these reserves and a lack of carbs can lead to fatigue and even more serious issues for those who train particularly hard.  Without getting too involved in the science, suffice to say that carbs provide the energy your body needs to sustain it during your workout.

Complex carbs

When and what to eat if you are working out

It goes almost without mention that a balanced diet is essential for your general health and wellbeing but there will be specific times when your body needs that extra push. Your workout is one of these times and that is why 30 to 40 grams of any type of carbohydrate are recommended about half an hour before you are due to train.

In the case of longer and more intense workouts or cardio exercise, it may be an idea to monitor your carb intake more closely and concentrate on specific carbohydrate-rich foods.

That said, such natural foods as figs, potatoes, oatmeal, and “simple sugar” fruits are ideal sources of ready fuel.  Highly refined carbohydrates such as mass-produced baked goods, most bread, and some pasta will work against you by using up their high content of unnatural sugars to boost fat retention.


Finding out what works best for you

You don’t need anyone to tell you that no two bodies work the same and that it sometimes takes a little trial and error to discover the correct balance. Moderation is the key, and by listening to your body and responding to its needs you are more likely to find your ideal pre-workout nutrition regime.

Once you get your diet right. You can always add any of the best pre-workout supplements that are available to improve your training and performance further.

Stacey Chillemi


I am on a mission to transform the health of millions worldwide. Check out my website at staceychillemi.com. I am a popular and recognizable health and lifestyle reporter and expert, columnist and health host. Author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Natural Remedies for Common Conditions, along with 20 other published books. I am the founder of The Complete Herbal Guide and a recognized health and natural remedies expert, with over 20 years in practice as a Health Coach. I write for the Huffington Post, Huff Post, Thrive Global and Medium (Owned by Arianna Huffington). I have been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, local news, and numerous radio shows. My focus is on natural healing, herbal remedies, alternative methods, self-motivation, food for medicine, nutrition, fitness, natural beauty remedies and the power of positive thinking.

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