Food is the force multiplier when it comes to training results. What I mean by this is that it can really make your results come faster, or put them at a stand still based on what you put in your mouth.
I know that when you get up at 5 am to train, food may not be that appealing. You may be tempted to go to boot camp or any workout on an empty stomach. If you’re exercising first thing in the morning, you may be inclined to go to your workout without eating at all. Is it best to train on ‘empty’ or eat? If you eat, what should you have?
First of all, your body primarily uses carbohydrates for fuel. Fat contributes to fuel needs, but your main source of energy comes from glucose. After an evening of rest, your body’s stores of glycogen (stored glucose) is somewhat depleted. Your brain prefers glucose for energy as well. Given this information, for optimum performance and energy, it IS best to eat something prior to your morning workout.
Your best bet for a quick morning meal is some complex carbohydrate for longer lasting energy, mixed with a small amount of protein to moderate your blood sugar. You want to avoid an insulin spike at all costs (this means don’t eat only simple carbohydrates!). Depending on your energy needs you could try:
-a hard boiled egg and half a slice of whole wheat toast
-a cheese string and an apple
-a glass of skim milk and half a banana
-sprouted grain toast, organic peanut butter and a glass of skim milk
-half a cup of 1% cottage cheese and fruit
-a protein smoothie mixed with fresh or frozen fruit
Make sure to drink lots of water during your workout and follow up with a breakfast with complex carbs and protein.
A great after workout alternative is to try a protein drink. This is my ‘go-to’ because I know that it will replenish my muscles with the much needed protein and it’s easy to take on the go. I mean, who wants a chicken breast in their gym bag?
*I want to clarify that I”m not out to flog the new Visalus product that I’m using, but SO many peeps ask what I use as a supplement and it’s only fair that I tell you. I’m sold on the product since it works well for me. I encourage you to give it a try, or look into the 90 Day Challenge to see if it’s right for you too.