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Diets to Follow before You Hit the Gym

Type of diets that you need to follow before hitting gym.

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These days attending the gym is very common among youngsters as well as mid-age persons. Why should not you keep yourself fit? But are you doing effective workouts? One of the most important and common reasons behind ineffective workouts is due to diet.

Here are the tips on the Diet that you need to follow before you hit the Gym :

Remember that never go to the gym on an empty stomach. Because during workout body undergoes stress and it is not good for health. Also hitting the gym on a full stomach is not good. So basically you have to eat rightly at right time. Eat at least 1 hour before you go for a workout.

Diet Vegetables
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1. Carbs

Carbohydrates are an easy source of fuel in the body. So before you hit the gym and start working out, you must have enough energy supply. Carbs are the most important source of energy. Get fruits like Banana, Apple. Banana is a very good choice as it includes huge energy as well as minerals like Potassium. You can also try whole wheat or multigrain bread, Peanut butter sandwich/Bagel with honey.

2. Protein

Protein shakes are widely used before going into the gym. But normal people don’t need it unless you are looking forward to being an athlete. Get shakes in case your natural protein supply is not enough. Protein is something that builds muscle mass.

3. Brown rice & Chicken

For those hitting the gym during the evening or night hours, a meal of brown rice and lean meat chicken is a nice diet. A medium bowl of rice and two pieces of chicken will give you the required 200-300 calories for the workout.

4. Heavy Meal

This is not for everyone, for those who are diabetic before hitting the gym it is always good to have a heavy meal to supply fuels during a workout. For a normal person, a gap of 2-3 hours between a heavy meal and a workout session is necessary.

5. Drink Plenty

You will sweat a lot during work out, so have plenty of water at least before 40 minutes before the workout. With the loss of water you can not continue workout, you will get fatigued easily.

5. Yoghurt

Curd/Dahi comes with calcium and proteins and a bit of natural sugar and easy on the stomach. So it would be a nice diet before an intense workout regime. You can add honey, fruits or whole-grain cereals to have an energy boost.

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Written by Smita Diwan

Smita Diwan is a Media & Communication evangelist with 15+ years of steady growth. She has served across diverse verticals of Broadcast Journalism, Corporate Communications, Digital Media and Public Relations. A fitness enthusiast, Smita devotes her ‘rare’ free-time to yoga and meditation. As she strongly believes that the right balance is the key to steady growth.

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