How to fuel your body before, during, and after a workout

The first step to a successful fitness journey is to fuel from the inside out. What you put in your body will determine how well you are able to progress and succeed in becoming stronger. There are often misconceptions regarding weight loss saying that it is essential to eat less and essentially deprive yourself of necessary calories. But not in this house! Here are some great, easy ideas for snacks to get you feeling great before, during, and after your training session.

Before your workout, it is a great idea to fuel with some carbohydrates. Carbs are essential for energy and will get you through your workout while feeling strong. Some great options include peanut butter, bananas, granola bars, and pasta! It is a good idea to aim for carb-heavy foods that are low in fat. 

During your workout, it is essential to drink lots of water and electrolytes to keep you moving. For endurance heavy workouts, it is beneficial to refuel with foods and beverages such as fruit,  juice, granola bars, and sports drinks. This is usually only necessary for workouts longer than an hour and a half.

After a workout, protein! Protein! Protein! It is essential to eat within 30-45 minutes after your workout in order to make the most out of your gains. Adding in some complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, and whole-wheat bread is also beneficial to recover some of the lost energy and refuel.