On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing the best pre-workout meal in the morning, or at anytime of day.
If you’re looking to get faster results and improve your performance in the gym, your pre-workout meal is essential.
Follow these pre-workout nutrition tips to get leaner, faster.
Pre-workout nutrition is very important in reaching your training goals because a lot of stress is placed on the muscle fibers during your workout.
This stress of lifting weights can cause a catabolic hormonal response in the body, leading to muscle breakdown and damage.
Since we’re lifting weights to grow muscle not lose muscle, this obviously does not sound optimal.
This is where proper pre-workout nutrition comes into play.
I know a lot of you workout first thing in the morning, which is awesome.
Based on this, I get a lot of questions about what you should eat before your 6am training session.
Well, guess what?
I already gave you the answer in this previous video post, How To Make A Meat And Nuts Breakfast Recipe.
If you missed that post, click here to learn what the meat and nuts breakfast is all about.
The meat and nuts breakfast is essentially a high protein, low carbohydrate, and low glycemic breakfast.
This type of breakfast is proven to:
By eating a high carbohydrate sugary breakfast, such as your typical cereal, orange juice, and a banana, your blood sugar rises, which then spikes your insulin to remove the sugar from your blood quickly.
This quick surge and removal of blood sugar from your system then causes your energy to eventually crash.
This is the last thing you want to happen during your workout.
So stick with the meat and nuts pre-workout meal approach as it provides the following benefits while you’re training in the gym:
Even though the meat and nuts breakfast may seem heavy that early in the morning, it doesn’t need to be a big meal.
Just start with a small amount of this pre-workout meal, build up your appetite, then go for there.
A smaller portion of healthy food is better than nothing at all.
By the time you finish eating and get on the gym floor, more than likely the 45 minutes of digestion time will pass.
Then you’ll be ready to hit your workout harder than ever.
It doesn’t matter if you train at 5am.
If you’re serious about taking your body to the next level, this should be your staple breakfast pre-workout meal.
Get up 15 minutes earlier and do whatever it takes.
If you want to be the best, you have to take the necessary steps, no matter how unconventional they may be.
However, if for some reason, you refuse to eat the meat and nuts breakfast that early in the morning, it’s essential that you at least have a protein source.
Here’s a video post on 7 early morning pre-workout meal recipes for you to try.
Solid food is the best option when it comes to your pre-workout meal, not a protein shake.
This is because solid food will help you maintain energy and focus throughout your workout.
However, if you can’t do that, simply go with pre-workout protein shake by mixing some protein powder mixed with water.
But don’t forget to also have your protein shake after your workout as well.
For those of you who want to train fasted in the morning, without any food, check this out.
As you know, one of the major components of your workouts to Live Lean is to maximize the afterburn effect.
This means burning more calories for up to 24-48 hours after you leave the gym.
A study was done on people eating breakfast pre-workout vs working out fasted.
Based on the results of the study, the amount of calories burned during the workout was the same.
But the number of calories burned 24 hours after the workout was substantially more for people that had a pre-workout breakfast.
The study also showed the people who ate a pre-workout breakfast burned more fat as energy vs carbohydrates.
Compare that to the fasted group who burned more carbohydrates than fat.
This is important since our goal is obviously to burn fat.
Here are your key pre-workout nutrition tip takeaways.
Your morning pre-workout meal should be higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates.
If you are allergic to nuts, use low glycemic fruits such as berries and leafy green vegetables.
However, if you can, go with nuts because consuming fructose in fruit before your workout can decrease the usage of fat for fuel during your workout.
If eating meat and nuts is new to you, start by eating a small serving and be sure to prepare the meal the night before.
Take a few bites and build your body’s tolerance up to begin wanting to eat breakfast.
You’re going to love number 3.
You can also use a pre-mixed pre workout supplement like this one.
Here’s video post on the best pre-workout drink options.
Hopefully this video post has convinced you that when it comes to the best pre-workout meal, meat and nuts is the way to go.
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