Remember the golden rule that “Don’t exercise on an empty stomach.” Not eating before a workout can cause a low blood sugar that may lead to fainting and fatigue.
You need to make sure that you eat with the right combination of carbs and proteins. Junk food will just be counterproductive and it feels like a waste working out.
Food wise before gym:
1. Greek yogurt and fruit – Greek yogurt has more high quality protein than the normal yogurt. The protein is use to prevent muscle damage. Fruit is high in carbohydrates and it breaks down quickly.
2. Oats – oats are packed with fiber, which mean they release carbohydrates into your bloodstream which keeps your energy consistent during your training. Oats contain B vitamins that help convert carbohydrates into energy.
3. Bananas – bananas are loaded with fast-acting carbohydrates that will provide you with usable fuel for workout, and potassium which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function. It will keep your nutrient level high since our body doesn’t store potassium for very long; medium banana is good for muscle building and repair.
4. Egg whites – a single egg white provide around 4 grams of protein with no fat that will give you boost energy before a workout, without making you feel bloated. The protein you get from it helps muscle building and repair. It also helps release energy from protein and fat because it contains vitamin B2.
Note: To restore energy while building and repairing your muscle you need to follow tough gym session with a nutritious post-workout snack. You can drink protein-rich shakes and snacks within two hours of your workout.