The New Year Brings about all those new exercise routines. Unfortunately, there isn’t an owners manual for the gym, your body, and your life. For people who work at a gym, they know that this time of year is filled with a lot of accidents. The biggest mistake people make is that they don’t know how to eat according to their workout routines. I can’t tell you how many time we’ve had call 911 based on a passed out gym member, and all because they thought they shouldn’t eat before working out!
I will spare you the horror stories and jump right in….
AM WORKOUT – Pre workout, eat 200-300 calories before your gym time. If you are looking to lean up then follow your workout with a 200 calorie moderate carb protein shake. Moderate carbs would be between 15-30 grams.
Lunch Workout: On the days that you work out at your lunch time, eat a full breakfast. Then have a snack about an hour before your workout. Once your workout is done, try to eat your lunch within 30-45 mins after your workout. This allows your body to use the food as fuel, decreasing the need to store it as fat!
After Work / Before Dinner Routine: If you are working out after work but BEFORE dinner then you definitely need to have snacks with you at work or in your car!
- Eat a moderate breakfast, then a small snack, then lunch, followed by another 200-300 calorie snack (with protein). After your workout try to eat within 30-45 mins if possible.
- Working out in the evening means that you should be eating through out the whole day. Your biggest meals should be during the day, NOT at night after your workout.
LATE NIGHT GYM DATE: Eat as you normally would through the day. If you eat dinner before, then make sure you have a protein shake or a snack with moderate carbohydrates and a good amount of protein to recover.
- Always eat through the whole day to keep your blood sugar level. If you have dips in your day when you don’t eat for 4-6 hours at a time, you will never make it to the gym! Those dips create a sluggish, tired feeling, which is never conducive to getting your butt to the gym 😉 !
Use these fitness tips to help you lose weight without that after workout energy crash! Print it out with the link below and post it on your fridge, at work, and give it out to friends for added support! Never underestimate the power of a fitness tip to change your outlook on health and life~!