You should DEFINITELY be eating before your workout. I’ve had a lot of clients get light headed and dizzy on me because they thought the fastest way to weight loss was to eat as little as possible and work out full force. You need to eat 2 hours before your workout and what you eat is very important. You want healthy, sustained energy to fuel your workout. Chicken nuggets may be delicious but they aren’t going to help you perform at your best. Here’s what you need:
1-2 Servings of Complex Carbohydrates to provide slow, steady energy to last for your whole workout. We’re not eating simple carbs like candy, juice, or white bread because that will subsequently cause a blood sugar spike, leading to an insulin spike and then a blood sugar crash.
1 Serving of Lean Protein to provide essential amino acids to your muscles as you workout, delaying fatigue, balancing blood sugar levels and helping your body recovery faster.
1/2-1 Serving of Unsaturated Fat to contribute to the release of slow, steady energy for your whole workout. Additionally, unsaturated fats, specifically high in Omega 3’s, may contribute to increased lipolysis(fat burning) and help relieve joint pain.
Here’s a good example of a Pre-Workout Meal from my Instagram:
1 medium Gala apple
Whey Protein Shake (1 scoop whey protein, 8-12 oz. cold water)
1 tbsp. natural peanut butter