To get the best results from your workout, it’s best to monitor what to eat before and after you hit the gym. Beforehand, you should try and eat at least 30 minutes before your planned workout.
Eating before you workout is important in kick starting your metabolism, especially if you exercise first thing in the morning. Having said that, nobody wants to go jogging on a full stomach – so keep your pre-workout meal light and easily digestible.
Recommended pre-workout meals:
- Homemade granola and natural or greek yoghurt
- Peanut butter on wholegrain toast
- Banana and wholegrain toast
- Cottage cheese and melon
- A tropical smoothie
After your workout is when you want to replenish your lost energy. Protein and carbohydrates are key during this time, in order to repair your worked muscles and restore your sugars. You should eat somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour after you finish exercising (don’t forget to stretch!). For the time-poor, try a protein shake or bar.
- A veggie omelette
- Grilled chicken breast with vegetables
- Tofu stir fry
- Tuna salad sandwich
- Salmon with broccolini and asparagus
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!