Tuesday, 14 August 2007

The best fuel for your workouts

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If you've just established a fitness routine, you might be wondering what you should be eating to fuel your workout. Should you have carbs for quick energy? Protein for endurance? Nothing? Forbes has the following suggestions:
  • Start your day out with a light breakfast that low in fat and high in fibre with a bit of protein. Some bran flakes with fruit and fat-free milk is perfect.
  • A smoothie is a great energizer for a cardio workout. Just make sure it doesn't have any refined sugars.
  • Have a bit of protein mixed with carbs before lifting weights -- like peanut butter, almonds or string cheese
  • An energy bar is a good on-the-go snack if you have no other options. Make sure it has less than 200 calories and more than 5 g of fiber
  • A perfect pre-workout lunch has 40% high-fiber carbs, 30% lean protein and 30% good fats. A salad with a healthy dressing is perfect
  • The night before a marathon, carbo-loading is ok, but make sure you add some good sources of protein in too
  • After the workout, your body needs protein to help it repair itself. Cottage cheese or some fish is a good choice
  • Also, forget the energy drinks -- it's basically soda with some vitamins. Milk is a good post-workout drink, and you can never go wrong with water.

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