What and when you eat is important especially around the time that you exercise. The body will deal with nutrients differently at different times, depending on the activity. By consuming certain nutrients before and after you exercise you will improve your body composition, performance and overall recovery.
When we workout, we damage muscle tissue and use fuel. This is what makes us stronger, leaner and more muscular but in the short term it requires repair.
We spoke with Toronto Athletic Club Personal Trainer Michael Bellissimo for his thoughts on what we should snack on before and after hitting the Club for a workout:
TIP #1: Try to consume a protein/carbohydrate snack 30-60 minutes before you exercise. For example Greek yogurt, fruit and nuts.
Some refer to the post workout phenomenon as “the window of opportunity”. During this window, your body is primed to accept nutrients that help to restore and repair your muscles.
After your workout any high quality protein should do the job as long as you eat enough.
TIP #2: Men should aim for 30-40 grams of protein and 15-25 grams for women. An example would be a high quality whey protein that will offer the quickest entry into your bloodstream so recovery of your muscles can start immediately.