PRE and POST workout meal and bars...?


Melanie H
on Jan 23, 2015 @ 11:43 am

Just started working out, don't necessarily need to lose weight just tone up.

What are you ladies doing before and after a workout? Protein shakes, bars?

 


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mamaluv
Be careful of certain "healthy" foods on Jan 23, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

My most important thing is water before, during, and after the workout. I drink as much as I can before starting the workout even though this means I use the bathroom more, but it really makes a difference in my stamina!

I also eat a good snack that includes a source of protein. I personally prefer regular food like a healthy sandwich and high fibre fruit over a bar or a smoothie. For some reason I never really feel full after protein smoothies and bars. Maybe it's a mental block, I don't know.

Afterward, I do like a smoothie or another kind of healthy snack. I will gladly eat bars when I'm out on a hike or otherwise on the run, but for the most part it's not my first choice. Nothing against the bars out there! Just not my preference.

You also have to be really careful about some of those bars and read the labels. Many of them are full of unhealthy ingredients, or even when they are healthy they may have more nutrition than you need depending on how heavy or light your exercise is for that day. There's no need to "carb up" or load up on extra protein if you aren't going to burn it properly.

I remember one of my kids' soccer coaches discouraging parents from buying certain sports drinks. He said that unless they play almost the whole game and are really ripping it up, the best thing for them really is just good ol' water and having eaten a healthy meal or decent snack about an hour before the game. Some of these supplement drinks and bars are really designed for power athletes and we normal people really don't burn the extra calories or nutrients to justify eating them, especially when you consider how costly they can be.

Just my opinion! I am not a nutritionist or personal trainer, so use your own common sense.
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Melanie H
H2O on Jan 26, 2015 @ 02:25 pm

Thank you for the response!
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chrissyann123
Pre Workout on Jan 27, 2015 @ 12:38 pm

Of coaurse I drink lots of water I try to eat or drink protein filled foods. I love making a healthy smoothie after a workout with lots of fruits, greens and plain low fat yogurt.
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