Fuel

Your body needs fuel in order for it to perform any physical activity optimally. Glucose is the favourite sugar of your body as it is a major energy source. To tell you the truth, most of the fuel your body utilizes during exercise originates from the glucose stored in your muscles as glycogen. To put it simply, the foods you consume on Tuesday and Wednesday could fuel your workouts on Friday and Saturday.

The pace at which foods are converted into energy greatly depends on the food type. This pace is also called the food glycaemic index. Foods that rank high on the glycaemic index will quickly be converted to fuel and can give your body energy for workouts.

Low-calorie Complex Carbohydrates

Never skip a workout or meal on an empty tummy. Without adequate energy to fuel your workout, you will become exhausted quickly. In order to boost your performance and nourish your muscles, it is important to consume low-calorie foods prior to performing any exercise. Choose foods with complex carbs in order for you to obtain the best energy source. Don’t forget that your goal is to have 100-200 calories around 30 minutes before performing any physical activity.

Sample Snacks

The following are some of the most ideal low-calorie foods that you can consume prior to performing any exercise:

  • Cereal
  • Yogurt (fat-free)
  • Pretzels
  • Fruit Juice
  • Sports energy bar/sports drink

For you to consume an adequate amount of calories prior to performing an exercise, all you have to do is mix and match these foods. Also, take note that eating fewer than 100 calories may lead to poor exercise performance. By eating correctly, you will make certain that your metabolic functions - most notably your immune system and your gastrointestinal system - keep working correctly