Pre-Workout Nutrition

July 24th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Your pre-workout meal may be the most important meal of the week.

Importance of Pre-Workout nutrition:

According to studies, what you eat before your workout has a big role in protein synthesis and fat burning for hours after your workout. Pre-workout nutrition helps set off the cascade of hormone reactions, setting the tone for the rest of the day.

According to studies, the pre-workout meal seems to be more important than your post-workout meal for effecting protein synthesis and fat loss post-workout. Getting adequate carbohydrates pre-workout improves endurance and strength for your workouts.

When should I eat for my pre-workout meal?

You should have a "liquid" meal 45 minutes to one hour before workout. Full solid meals should be roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 and 1/2 hours before working out.

What should I eat for my pre-workout meal?

You should have a high carbohydrate and high protein meal. The nutrient profile should be similiar to breakfast for protein and carbohydrates, except less fat. Fat should generally be avoided pre-workout, as that will slow down digestion too much.

Pre-workout supplements:

Some of the possible pre-workout supplements you may want to take to improve gains and performance in the gym are; Caffeine or ephedrine, NO2, Creatine, BCAAs, and Vitamin C.