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Feed Your Muscles

By New You Editorial
Posted On Jan 09, 2013

New You Beauty Tip: For an optimal workout, eat whole-grains, starchy veggies or lean protein two hours before and fast acting protein (eggs and yogurt smoothies), fruits or amino acid supplements two hours later.

 Breakfast is still the most vital meal of the day for overall health, but for those of us looking to get lean and tight, the science of nutrient timing says pre and post workout meals are extremely important. A study done by the Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise journal measured the effects of supplementation during the pre and post training windows against supplementation effects from breakfast and dinner over the course of a 10-week program. They found that those who supplemented two to three hours before and after exercise had a greater increase in lean body mass and muscle energy. Why? You need energy from food to perform an optimal work out. After a work out, when your muscles are depleted of protein and glycogen, easily digestible food will refuel and allow your muscles to grow.