We’re all different from our heads to our toes. Combine lifestyle dynamics, diet and our exercise programs, it is no wonder why it is all too often too complicated to maximize our efforts in the gym and accomplish our performance goals. It is well understood that nutrition is as important as exercise in losing that last pound or blah blah but most of us completely thwart our efforts in the gym by eating the wrong things at the wrong times and either too little or too much.
In order to get the most out of your workout here at the Club, it's critical to think about recovery. Whether your performance goals are fat loss, muscle gain, toning or all of the above, optimizing the Recovery period that follows your workout is as critical to achieving your goals as your workout. Nutrition is more than 50% of the battle and the key to your success.
You put a lot of thought into the things you eat before your workout. After all, it’s important to give your body the right amount – and right type – of fuel before putting it to work.
But how much consideration do you give the things you eat after your workout ends? The things you eat after you exercise are just as important as your pre-workout diet.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide to post-workout nutrition. Read on to find out how you can refuel and recover after you exercise.
FACT OR FICTION: EXERCISING IN A FASTED STATE BURNS FAT?
There is a circulating theory that exercising in a fasted state (empty stomach) will cause the body to burn more fat than in a fed state (eating at least 3 hours before exercise). This theory is very attractive to people wanting to lose weight, burn fat, and tone up. However, multiple studies show this approach to be counterproductive to losing fat and building muscle. In fact, most studies do not a find a difference in fat loss between fed and fasted state groups.
It's all about the macronutrients!
Outside of the gym, it is your job to supplement your body with the right food! Hopefully you already know to cut down processed foods, decrease sweets, and increase fruits and vegetables. But, what should you eat to tone your muscles and decrease body fat?
After a day full of activities, now it’s time for dinner. Work, school, soccer practice, tutors, and piano lessons surely keep the fast food drive through in business. Good news... we have plenty of ways to serve fast food without paying a visit to McDonald’s. Fixing healthy, quick, and tasty dinners has never been so easy.
In our last post we talked about winning the breakfast battle. Hopefully, you've mastered that and are ready to perfect lunch prep! Brown bagging lunch for students, and yourself, is almost always the healthiest option to refuel for the afternoon. We can make this process hassle free and a 15-minute piece of an evening or morning routine. Personal Trainer Jessica Rudloff shares a quick, easy, and super healthy way to conquer packing lunches.
Off to the races! We are back to school, CLM! For some of us, this means waking and feeding one or more children, plus yourself. Monday through Friday is now game day, and that means tackling each day with breakfast. It’s a new school year, the perfect time to make breakfast a habitual staple for the family. Personal Trainer Jessica Rudloff shares some of her nutrition expertise on the subject.