Have you ever felt lightheaded and queasy while doing those weights or yoga poses? Well, it is quite common. In an attempt to shed those excess pounds, many people tend to work out on empty stomach. And, why not when many resources cite that working on empty stomach burns more calories. While this is true to a certain extent, many of them push themselves beyond their limits that they end up fainting. There are a handful of super foods you could actually indulge in before your exercise regimen. Here are those!
1. Whole Grains
Carbohydrates is the emperor when it comes to exercising. Whole grains are the best sources of glycogens that offer you the power to exercise.
For exercise, carbs are king. While there is a modern day fear of carbs due to many fad diets, carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for most of the body’s functions.
They provide you with a good dose of energy and help you in managing your weight better. Being rich in fiber, whole grains keep you full for a longer time. But do avoid refined carbohydrates including all purpose flour and sweets as they trigger a whole slew of health issues.
Bananas are my pre-workout and post workout snacks. Studies have proved that people who eat bananas before their exercise regimen have lower post workout injuries and oxidative stress as against those who drink those shakes. Packed with natural sugars, fiber, and balanced electrolytes, they save you from fainting. Blend into a smoothie with handful of almonds for a super energetic pre-workout food.
3. Green Tea
Green tea, the source of powerful antioxidants, is well known for its energy boosting and fat burning potential. According to a research conducted by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, the presence of caffeine helps in boosting the workout performance. The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that green tea helps in oxidization of fat and better metabolism. And, that I what exactly you need to super charge your workout! Yet another factor that makes this not-so-good-tasting drink a per-workout superfood is its anti-inflammatory nature.
Oatmeal, being a whole grain, is slowly digested. This keeps you full for a longer time and releases energy in small quantities over longer duration. Being rich in soluble fiber, this whole grain shields you from the dangers of getting exhausted too fast. Add a cup of yogurt and toss in a few almonds for a supercharged meal.
5. Coconut Water
Get yourself hydrated while replenishing your body with a good dose of nutrients with this humble drink. You will not feel dizzy or queasy. Just make sure that you drink about half an hour before you start your workout to avoid bloating.
An excellent food to supercharge your workout, this crunchy delight is known to have highly positive impact on your workout sessions. Along with improving your performance, almonds also help in preventing and easing post workout inflammation and stress.
Any fruit is great before working out, but these tiny berries are known to be the treasure trove of plethora of antioxidants that could prevent and lower the chances of delayed onset of muscle soreness. It also helps in faster recovery of muscles after a fully blown up workout session.
Quinoa, like oats, is a whole grain that releases energy slowly and lasts for a longer time. Plus, it gives you access to various minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and copper. You can eat it hot or cold. Just add some salmon and almonds if you are eating a hot quinoa porridge.
What is your favorite superfood to charge up your workout?