WASHINGTON – For those who want to kick start their day with exercise, experts say it’s important to eat the right foods before and after working out.
Research shows the body burns the same amount of fat if you eat, or if you don’t before exercise. But regularly working out on an empty stomach can cause muscle loss, according to Shape Magazine.
Athlete and GNC ambassador Nora Tobin suggests these pre-workout bites that contain some form of complex carbohydrate and protein.
While eating before a workout will provide an energy boost, eating afterward is important as well, Tobin says. After exercise, muscles are deprived of fuel, known as glycogen. Eating or drinking something that combines protein and carbohydrates 30 minutes after a workout refills those energy stores, repairs muscles, and helps keep the metabolism strong.
After a workout, Tobin says the best foods to eat or drink are:
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