The Best Things to Eat Before Working Out
We sort through the confusing advice about pre-workout snacks to tell you what you need and when.
The workout: Boot camp or a weight session with your trainer.
Pre-workout carbs give you energy, so have your 30 grams if you're really hungry. However, it's what you eat after
the strength-training session that really matters—even more than after cardio workouts. Protein helps repair muscles and provides raw material for building new ones, says Rosenbloom. Aim for 10 to 20 grams of high-quality protein (not the fried chicken nuggets she's seen some college athletes sneak into the locker room).
Low-fat chocolate milk, trail mix with nuts and raisins, or a protein shake.
Within an hour after your toning workout. "That's when your muscles are the most receptive to taking in the nutrients from food," says Rosenbloom.
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