We all know that our body is our vehicle and that we need to keep our engine well fuelled.
Fuelling the body means consuming the right amount and type of food and fluid before we exercise, during exercise, and after exercise. Regardless of whether you are looking to build muscle mass or lose weight, you need to maintain blood glucose concentration for maximum performance and to improve your recovery time so you can get back into the gym as quickly as possible.
Should You Eat Before or After the Gym?
Many people wonder whether it’s best to eat before or after gym sessions, or in the middle of a workout. This really depends on your individual training program, however, there are some key things you can do before, during and after your work out that will really help with those all-important gains!
Fuelling Up: What to Eat Before the Gym
Pulling in for a Pit Stop: What to Eat During a Workout
Time to Refuel: What to Eat After Exercise
Please keep in mind that these are general guidelines and that we all have different goals with different training programs. While some people choose to eat before and after gym sessions, others might find that their body adapts best to eating once training is over. One thing is certain; it is important to remain well hydrated in the hours before you exercise and also to drink enough fluid during and after exercise to balance fluid losses.
Trial different foods and fluids, and you’ll be sure to work out what’s best for you. Keep aware of what you put in your body before, during and after you exercise and keep a track of how your ‘engine’ is performing as a result.