The Best Foods to Eat Before and After Your Workout

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The Best Foods to Eat Before and After Your Workout

Fuel up for optimal results—and recovery. Here's what to eat before and what to eat after a workout to stoke your muscles and kick-start the healing process.


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    Ideally, fuel up two hours before you exercise by: Eating healthy carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereals (with low-fat or skim milk), whole-wheat toast, low-fat or fat-free yogurt, whole grain pasta, brown rice, fruits and vegetables.

    1. author

      Bananas are high in the good kinds of carbs that one deed after a workout. These fast-acting carbs help restore the body's levels of glycogen, which is known to help rebuilt damaged muscles. According to the American Dietetic Association, one must eat protein post workout to help repair their muscles.

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    Sweating during exercise means you lose water as well as electrolytes, and if you don't replenish these you will start to feel dehydrated, which can leave you feeling tired and faint. And failing to eat after exercise can also impact your mood, it turns out.

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