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Eating For Energy: Food Tips for Workouts & Faster Weight Loss

Take note of what and when to eat if you’re working out to lose weight. Take note of what and when to eat if you’re working out to lose weight.

 

Eating for energy takes thought and preparation. What we consume and when we consume it dictates our energy stores and needs – both short and long term. And when it comes to fitness lifestyles, eating the proper energy foods in a calculated manner means the difference between sluggishness in the gym and the inability to lose weight. Feeling energetic and ready to take on the workout while burning off fat is the quintessential goal.

There is a bit of a contradiction with regard to eating for energy while trying to trim down. Although simple sugars and complex carbohydrates have different rates of absorption in the body, they both convert to fat if you have a calorie deficit. The same goes for protein. So when you cleverly down that energy shake an hour before training – to get energy for your workout – make sure it fits into your target calorie consumption if you are trying to lose weight. Non-fattening foods, in fact all foods, will still be stored on the body as fat if you are bringing in more calories than you are expending.

The best way to trim down while toning is to try to reduce your body weight by burning stored calories while you exercise.

If fat reduction while toning is in fact your goal (which indeed it is for most people with average or slow metabolic rates), then your training energy sources should come from fresh fruit (for the quick fix) and fresh, steamed, boiled, raw or baked vegetables for that sustained energy release. Heavy carbohydrates, like pastas and breads, are not well tolerated by those of us with sluggish metabolisms. They give great energy spikes, but they also make you crash and tend to facilitate the storage of fat because of the release of the powerful hormone insulin. When we are young with a super-charged metabolic rate, our bodies can assimilate and digest these heavy carbs without much consequence.

The best way to trim down while toning is to try to reduce your body weight by burning stored calories while you exercise. If you are using available energy, then you maintain a kind of zero-sum game because your system is using what is readily available–leaving the stored fat alone. Therefore, while you should never train on an entirely empty stomach, you should have lighter carbohydrates in the form of a few pieces of fruit or a tossed salad with a light vinaigrette dressing in your system. The fruit should be consumed an hour before training and the salad two hours.

One should never feel satiated from eating food – least of all when going to the gym (if losing weight is part of the goal). If you are ever feeling “full” you are losing the battle of the bulge. Your stomach should never want to distend – it simply means you have consumed way too much food. And if your stomach is always stretched and full, it tends to incite cravings and the desire to eat more. If you train yourself to eat small portions and always be in a mild state of “want” and not “quite satisfied”, your system adapts and your caloric needs lessen, your stomach shrinks, and you tend to have fewer cravings with your blood sugar under control.

So walk that fine line between meeting your energy needs and consuming the right amount of calories for your size and energy needs, if you want to tone and trim down in the process. Count your calories and use the mirror. It never lies!

Bonus Food Tips:

Training energy sources should come from fresh fruit (for the quick fix) and fresh, steamed, boiled, raw or baked vegetables for that sustained energy release.

Heavy carbohydrates, like pastas and breads, are not well tolerated by those of us with sluggish metabolisms. They give great energy spikes, but they also make you crash and tend to facilitate the storage of fat because of the release of the powerful hormone insulin.

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