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What Should You Eat Before And After a Workout?

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Something that we teach all of our new members here at CrossFit Preferred is that exercise is only a quarter of the journey. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is crucial to achieve your fitness goals. The Internet is full of diets that don’t work, and we understand that this can be overwhelming and frustrating to someone trying to learn how to properly nourish their body. So to start off, we wanted to answer the very common question of what to eat before and after a workout. Continue reading to find out!

First off, you eat different things to achieve different goals. For instance, if your goal is to build muscle, what you eat will be different than what you would eat if you’re trying to lose fat. If you are trying to build muscle, it’s really important to eat carbohydrates around the time of your workout. If you really want to bulk up, you should be eating 20-30 grams before your workout and 20-30 grams after your workout. And by carbs we do not mean the unhealthy ones, we mean the simple carbohydrates that are digested and into your blood stream quickly. This spikes your blood pressure, which in turns helps you build the muscle!

Here at CrossFit Preferred, we recommend the Driven Nutrition Post WOD program, which has 20 grams of protein and 20 grams of carbs. Another great carbohydrate source is Fit Aid. This supplement has a lot of recovery nutrients in it as well as carbohydrates and will help you maintain energy throughout your workout.

If your goal is to lose weight, you want to wait to eat your carbohydrates so that your body is actually burning your stored glycogen and stored fat and using it as fuel. This means you need to be sure you eat protein before and after your workout, and wait to eat your carbs until 45 minutes after your workout. The protein will give you the energy you need during your workout, but will also allow you to burn the stored fat that you have and use it as fuel.

We recommend that you primarily eat protein and limit your carb intake if you are trying to lose weight. This will allow you to see better results. We also recommend you use Driven Nutrition Whey Protein Powder right after your workout because it only has 5 grams of carbs. And then about 45 minutes after that, you can eat 25-35 grams of carbs. This will allow you to still build muscle but lose fat at the same time.

We hope this helps simplify the nourishment process for you. If you want to learn more, you can click here to watch our video or click here to view our website. Whatever your fitness goals are, we would love to help you achieve them.