WHAT DO YOU EAT BEFORE & AFTER A WORKOUT?
When you work out a lot, you also have to eat a lot. If you don’t get the right nutrients, your body won’t get the chance to get the most out of your workout. You might have noticed a sudden energy slump during exercise or running to the fridge shaking and hungry after your workout. Recognizable? Then let’s make sure it doesn’t happen again. We’ll show you what to eat before and after your workout.
People often think that if you want to lose weight, for example, you shouldn’t eat any or just very few carbohydrates. In theory, an excess of carbohydrates is indeed not very healthy, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat any carbohydrates at all. In fact, your body needs carbs before a workout. Before exercise, it’s best to combine simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are for example bananas or dates. Complex carbs include brown rice, oatmeal and wholemeal bread.
Let’s also talk about post-workout nutrients. You probably know that your muscles need protein to recover after a workout, but what kind of protein and how much is not entirely clear. A normal person, who hardly ever does any sport, needs an average of 0.8 grams of protein per kg of body weight. If you are an endurance athlete this is on average 1.5 grams and for power training even 2 grams. So, the more intensively you train your body, the more protein you need. You also need carbohydrates after your workout, but make sure that this quantity is not too high shortly after your workout. For example, make a shake with protein, banana and a bit of peanut butter. Of course, you can also choose our vegan protein bars.