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Pre-Workout Nutrition for Weight Loss

Updated: Oct 16, 2019

Published By Nutrition with Kimberly & Newport Boxfit

We continue Pre-Workout nutrition overview with a look at weight loss nutrition. Fuel up to get the most out of workouts!

Why is it so important to eat before a workout when you are trying to lose weight?

When you’re working out, you are using your body’s energy reserve. If you want a good workout session, you need to provide your body with the necessary fuel it needs.

When you’re exercising, your body requires a certain level of sugar, fat, carb and protein which acts as fuel for it. If it doesn’t get enough of this fuel, the body starts converting your own muscle tissue into energy. So, it’s important to not miss out on nutritious meal or snack before a workout. Preferably, at least 30-45 minutes before you work out.

Here are some of the best foods for creating balanced pre-workout meals and snacks while trying to lose weight:

  • Quinoa

  • Oatmeal with banana and almonds

  • Couscous

  • Sweet Potato

  • Eggs and whole wheat toast

  • Yogurt with almonds and nuts

  • Fruit Smoothies

  • Muesli

  • Green Apple with peanut butter

  • Cottage cheese with berries

  • Scrambled egg whites with low fat sharp cheddar

Which foods should you avoid before a workout when trying to lose weight?

When you’re exercising, a large amount of blood is pumped to all the muscles, during this time; your stomach receives less blood flow. So, you do not want you stomach to work hard to digest food when you are exercising.

  • Cauliflower

  • Cabbage

  • Fried Food

  • Carbonated Drinks

  • Desserts

  • Spicy Food

  • Beans

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