When you exercise, not only are you burning fat, but you're burning up the calories you'd eaten previously in the day. For this reason, what you eat before and after your workout is just as important as the workout itself. Before you work out, it's all about loading up on the carbohydrates. According to an article from CNN, "You want a meal that includes quality carbohydrates, lean protein, heart-healthy fats and fluids. Without a sufficient carb supply, you could be breaking down muscle when you exercise." A turkey sandwich and fruit or whole wheat pasta and tomato sauce are perfect for this.
About 30-40 minutes after your workout, it's best to refuel your body with carbs and protein to replace what you just burned off. Greek yogurt and an apple or hummus and whole grain crackers will suffice as a post workout pick-me-up.
When it comes to sports drinks, they can be beneficial if you work out for a substantial amount of time. Those in personal trainer careers note that due to the amount of sugar found in those drinks, they're only worth it if your workout lasts longer than an hour. If not, then water will suit you just fine.
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