Nutrition FAQ 5/5: “What & when should I eat around my workouts?”
Answer: It depends on your goals.
👉🏽Are you an athlete/ an advanced, hard-training gym rat?
If you're an endurance athlete/ bodybuilder/ looking to maximize gains, you have unique workout-nutrition needs. Consuming a protein+carb drink during your workout will help you max your gains.
If you're a physique competitor/ trying to maximize fat loss, adding branched chain amino acids/ essential amino acids (BCAAs/ EAAs) during your workouts will help you meet your goals.
👉🏽Are you a fitness enthusiast?
GREAT news for all of you! You can meet your goals by focusing on eating real, wholesome food in reasonable amounts, without having to focus on specific workout nutrition products/ protocols.
I think it's so important to not overthink/ over complicate the process. When you're just starting out on your fitness journey, do it in a way that doesn't feel like work.
Eating a regular, nutritious & balanced meal 1-2 hours before and after working out is all you need to focus on. This will provide sufficient protein & carbs to fuel your workout, & max your recovery right after.
Here's how I personally go about my pre & post workout nutrition:
4AM: Banana + PB/Handful of nuts
I wake up fairly early, so this pre-workout snack works great for me since I can quickly gobble it up & start warming up before my workout an hour later.
5 - 6AM: Workout, cool down, shower.
I don't consume BCAAs during my workout (currently) & I stick with water. I've been working out for over a year, & if you've been following this account & my progress for a while, you'll trust me when I say you'll do just fine without the frills - when you're starting out.
7AM: Proats/ Protein pancakes/ Protein muffins + Green tea
I grab this post workout breakfast on my way out the door, & grabbing that essential recovery breakfast on the go makes me grateful for being a meal prepper.
There's no ONE right answer, & there are many efficient ways to go about workout-nutrition, but if it's not one that you're going to be able to carry out on a sustainable basis, it doesn't make sense for you. As always - eat according to your goals.