Health & Fitness
Are You Eating Enough Before Your Workouts?
Fasted cardio is wildly popular. This involves hitting the treadmill, or some other form of mild cardio, first thing in the morning—before you take your first bite of breakfast. Proponents of fasted cardio believe this is one of the most effective ways to get ripped, as your body uses stored fat for fuel instead of what you’ve just consumed. But this doesn’t work for everyone. Some guys have even tried pushing through entire workouts (i.e. lifting sessions and cardio) without any fuel—with dismal results. Our advice? Leave all the fasted experimentation to the physique competitors and the pros. Your body needs fuel, regardless of whether you want to lose, gain, or maintain. Without proper nutrition, you won’t see results, and you’ll put your body in danger. Signs you’re not eating enough There are some clear indicators that you haven’t properly fueled your workout:
- You get lightheaded or dizzy
- You feel lethargic
- You get nauseous
- Your performance feels physically inhibited
- You get injured easily
- You lose consciousness
- You can’t break through your plateau
- Choose foods that your body can easily digest. Think simple carbs like fruit. You want nutrition that your body can break down and use quickly. Simple carbs are converted to glucose and used almost immediately. They’re great for a quick boost of energy.
- Work in a lean protein, like a scoop of whey protein or some egg whites. Lean protein helps boost your muscle’s anabolic response (i.e. gains).
- Also, try to work in some fat. Like carbs, your body uses fat for energy.
- Morning workouts: Egg white omelet, strawberries, slice of avocado
- Afternoon/evening workouts: 1 scoop of whey protein, 1 banana
- Afternoon/evening workouts: Greek yogurt and 1 serving of fruit