Eat for Energy: 3 Smart Strategies for Fueling Your Workout
Lona Sandon, R.D., explains the best ways to fuel your workouts -- without thwarting your weight-loss goals.Pre-Workout
If your last meal was more than five hours ago, have a 100- to 200-calorie snack 30 minutes before your workout. Liquids digest faster, so try milk, juice, Gatorade, or half a smoothie (keep it low-cal by choosing plain, low-fat yogurt and fruit and skipping syrups, powders, and other additions).Mid-Workout
You need a snack during your workout only when you're hustling for more than 90 minutes. Your best bet? A 100-calorie carb boost, like a handful of jelly beans or a sports gel such as Gu.Post-Workout
Ideally, reach for a snack that combines carbs and protein to aid recovery. Second best: carbs with fiber (like fruit). If your next meal is less than three hours away, be sure your snack is under 200 calories; try an energy bar with at least 3 grams of filling fiber, half a bagel with peanut butter, or low-fat chocolate milk.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2006.
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