Carbs vs Protein
An hour to an hour and a half prior to training – or working out with any type of exercise – eat carbs, not protein.
Why Carbs Before Training?
You want to eat a source of carbs and some fruit or a source of fat – avocados or almonds – before working out for several reasons.
1). Carbs will fuel your body.
2). A good source of fat – the best being avocados and almonds – will make you feel full.
3). The sugar in the fruit will kickstart your energy and also will make you feel full when you combine it with nuts, particularly almonds. A great combination is oranges and almonds.
4). You want to eat a light snack from above choices before working out so you won’t feel lightheaded or dizzy while working out.
Why You DON’T Want to Eat Or Drink Protein DURING A Training Session:
1). It will weight you down.
2). It will make you slower than usual.
3). It will make you feel drab and sleepy.
Why Protein After Training?
1). To recover any over-stressed muscles and tissues in your body from your workout.
2). To rebuild your muscles back to normal.
3). Recommended servings of protein to recover from training:
15 – 30 grams of protein for women
30 – 50 grams of protein for men
50+ grams of protein if you are a bodybuilder
4). Several great sources of protein after working out are yogurt, eggs, milk, protein-based post-workout shakes, cottage cheese, and cheese. You can also combine this with more almonds.
5). 1 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter on a banana, because of its potassium.
It’s better to be safe than sorry when working out, especially when you are sparring. When you spar it’s a good idea to drink water.
Most athletes have a deficiency with potassium due to their metabolism. Hence, eating a banana with peanut butter or almond butter after training, and then eating (or drinking) a source of protein after that, will help your body recover, which can take up to 2 – 3 hours, depending on how much effort, strength, and endurance your put into your workout.
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