Body Fuel #1: Workout Power Snacks

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The last thing you want to do when you are hungry is workout. It can be very dangerous as you are not fully concentrated on what you are doing. Eating a snack 30 minutes before you workout will give your body extra energy and boost your metabolism to burn fat. If you find you are still feeling faint after your workout, have another snack to prevent overeating at your meal.

But it is important to remember that if you are starting to add more snacks into your diet, be sure to modify your meals accordingly. A healthy weight loss diet consists of 6 small “meals” a day. So breakfast in the morning, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and another snack if needed. This keeps your metabolism fueled and sugar dips at bay (which causes over eating). So if you altering your diet to 6 meals a day rather than 3, your meal portions should be smaller than previous because you are consuming additional calories throughout the day.

Here are few power snack options that you can eat during the day or before or after your workouts:

  1. A handful of roasted nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
  2. An apple or celery sticks with peanut butter or piece of cheese
  3. A handful of homemade trail mix (combine almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, dried fruit etc.)
  4. A wholewheat pita or crackers with hummus, cheese or peanut butter
  5. A simple piece of fruit like grapefruit, apple, or banana
  6. Yogurt with granola

The timing of your meals will really impact the weight loss potential of your workout. If you eat a large meal before a workout, your body is using its energy to digest the food rather than blast the fat. Alternatively, working out on an empty stomach will prevent efficient fuel for your body.

You may eat a light meal 2 hours before you exercise. A meal rich in carbs like pasta, vegetables and fruit will give your body enough energy to work hard. Eating after exercise is also very important to nourish your muscles. A light meal within 2 hours of the post-workout is ideal. Include some lean proteins (chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, beef), some complex carbs (wholegrains, brown rice, beans, lentils) and healthy fats (fish, olive oil, avocado, olives, nuts)

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