Pre-Workout Nutrition Can Help Burn Fat

Did you know pre-workout nutrition can help burn fat?

Whether your goal is to lose weight (body fat) or gain lean muscle, your nutrition is vitally important.  A lot of people have asked me about what I recommend for a pre-workout meal.  In order to make the most of the workout, here is a list of fat burning foods and supplements to take before you exercise.  This meal should be consumed about an hour before the workout.

  1. Pre-workout meal: this meal should consist of a lean source of protein and a carbohydrate (Low Glycemic Index Carb).  By having these types of food, you prepare your body to have the building blocks for muscle repair and a slow and steady stream energy for the workout.
    • Protein: Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Lean Steak
    • Carbohydrate: (Low Glycemic): Oats, Rye, Quinoa, Wild Rice, Green Vegetables
  2. Eliminate sugar and fructose: Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are found in many (if not, most) processed foods.  They stop the use of fat for energy during the workout and make the cells more resistant to insulin.
  3. Supplement with L-Carnatine: This amino acid helps boost performance and improves the energy conversion that takes place during physical activity.  It can make the body more efficient at processing fuel so it can burn more fat.
  4. Take fish oil: This can help improve your body’s fat burning ability and improves insulin sensitivity.  It, along with L-Carnatine, transport fat into the cells to be used for energy.  This leads to burning more fat during your exercise and improved nutrient transport following it.  
  5. Green Tea: Here’s a great antioxidant-packed energy source for your workout.  Green tea combined with caffeine can actually boost the body’s fat burning by up to 15%.  It has also been shown to elevate fat burning for up to 24 hours after ingesting it.  

So the next time you’re getting ready to put that workout in, try putting this pre-workout nutrition into play.

After all, it’s about getting out of the workout what you’re putting into it. To get started with Nick Bolton’s nutrition coaching in Kansas City, click here