Two prerequisites of a good workout are a steady stomach and availability of ample energy to the body. However it has been observed that people have a tendency to skip meals before a workout for either lack of time or lack of knowledge. After reading this article you will be left with no more doubts about what to eat before your workout. The tummy friendly recipes enumerated below are ideally protein laden and easy to prepare.
1. Wheat bagel with jam:
Whole wheat bagel with jam contains both, simple and complex carbohydrates and hence goes easy on digestive system. Simple carbohydrates burn faster than complex ones and a combination of both is ideal to fuel a workout right from start to finish.
2. Protein shake with added carbohydrates:
A good way to benefit from protein and at the same time stay energized with carbohydrates is a protein shake. It is also an easy on-the-go snack. It is advised to prepare a shake with juice and water and avoid milk as it may cause mucous. Thereafter you can add a banana or oats to load it with carbohydrates.
3. Natural Oatmeal(not sweetened):
Oatmeal is great for morning workouts when you run on empty and cannot have a meal 1-2 hours before you workout. It gets on with the system pretty well and quickly too. Added fruit will get into bloodstream even more quickly and give you the desired energy.
4. Greek yogurt:
This type of yogurt contains less sugar than the usual kind and more protein and carbohydrates. It goes easy on an empty stomach and is ideal to be had before intense workouts that can cause tummy trouble after a heavy meal. You can add honey or fruit for the extra kick.
5. Brown rice with chicken:
For those who plan to work out after lunch or dinner, brown rice is ideal with tofu or chicken. Brown rice is a better source of complex carbohydrates than white rice. This bland meal sits well and gives a good amount of protein and carbohydrates.
Beans and lentils are again a great source of protein and carbohydrates, an excellent slow release energy source. It is therefore ideal for workouts beginning after 1-2 hours of a meal. It is advised not to overeat as legumes might induce flatulence due to gas inducing natural sugars called oligosaccharides and you might get noticed by others in the gym for wrong reasons!
Timing for the meal is of great significance. The items mentioned here are best to be had before training session but even they can trouble you mid workout if they’re not able to digest properly. It’s best to use meals at the very least 45 minutes before you start workout and if it’s a whopping meal, workout shall commence even later. While it’s true that certain foods settle well and get into the bloodstream fast, you could possibly feel sluggish when doing exercises on full stomach. It may even cause cramps as blood is pulled out of the stomach whilst exercising.
When the time does not warrant waiting for 45 minutes before starting workout, it is better to have a small snack rather than exercising empty stomach.