Maximize your muscle building training at the gym by eating the best types of pre-workout foods. You have three main sources of nutrition: protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Lean protein sources help repair and build muscle. Complex carbohydrates provide you with sustained energy and goods fats optimize your hormones and also provide energy.
A good pre-workout meal is one that ensures that you don’t get hungry in the middle of your training sessions and provides you with sustained energy during for your intense training. A pre-workout meal or snack should not be heavy.
It should not contain too much fatty or sugary foods that will make you sluggish or cause you to crash in the middle of your workout. Your pre-workout foods should contain complex carbs for sustained energy and quality proteins to jump start the recovery process.
These are three of the best foods that you can have 30-60 mins before your workout:
1. BANANAS WITH GRANOLA AND PLAIN GREEK YOGURT
Bananas are packed full with carbohydrates for energy and potassium for optimal muscle and nervous system function during intense training. Bananas mixed in with some granola and Greek yogurt provide you with an excellent pre-workout carb and protein power snack.
2. OATS WITH 100% WHEY PROTEIN SHAKE
Oats are packed with complex carbs and fiber. Oats provide a steady stream of energy to keep you going during long intense workouts. Oats also contain B vitamins that provide an added energy boost. Combine one cup of oats with a 24 gram scoop of whey protein and you have the perfect complex carb and quality protein pre-workout combination.
3. WHOLEGRAIN BREAD WITH EGGS OR CHICKEN BREAST
Have a slice of wholegrain bread with a couple of boiled eggs or chicken breast for a quality muscle building pre-workout meal. The complex carbs in the whole grain bread will provide with sustained energy and the quality protein in a lean chicken breast will boost your recovery process.