Training on an Empty Stomach
In order to get the most out of your workouts, and effectively build muscle the most efficient way possible…It would be advisable to eat a meal rich in nutrients hours before a workout. Even if you don’t eat before a workout, you’ll still be able to build muscle, just not as effective. So what foods should you eat you ask? Anything that’s high in carbohydrates! Eating a carbohydrate rich meal hours before a workout will give your body time to digest the nutrients to replenish your glucose levels.
Here’s a list of foods that are rich in carbohydrates: Whole wheat tortilla, whole grains, whole wheat bread, high fiber cereal, oranges, fat free yogurts, melons, apples, corn, strawberries, beans, kidney beans, oatmeal, barley, steamed wild rice, pasta, pumpkin, steamed wild brown rice, yams, squash, baked potato, sweet potatoes.
It’s especially important to consume carbohydrates before a workout for those who prefer working out in the morning. If you train on an empty stomach during a workout session in the morning, you will have already lost a significant amount of carbohydrates from fasting over night while you sleep. Eating foods that are rich in carbohydrates beforehand will give you the energy you need and will also boost the intensity of your workouts.
But no matter what time of day you prefer to workout, you should be consuming a sufficient amount of nutrients in order to get the best out of your workouts. It’s also important to eat a meal high in protein after a workout session so you will be providing your body extra nutrients to repair muscle.