4 Tips to Fuel Up During Your Workout
Fueling up during your workout can be a slippery slope. On the one hand, you need to eat the right foods and the correct beverages in the appropriate volume to stay energized and hydrated for your workout. On the other hand, you don’t want to over indulge to cancel out those hard-earned burned calories that are helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
Check out these four tips to fuel up for your workout without taking in unnecessary calories.
- When exercising for less than or equal to 30 minutes, most experts say there’s no need to eat or drink anything extra or special for this length of a workout. Doing so may be detrimental to your weight loss goals, including medical weight loss.
- Choose easily digestible carbohydrates when choosing an energy bar or workout gel or chew. In other words, choose one that is low in fiber because your body needs to burn carbs quickly, and not have them processed by your digestive system slowly. There are many healthy options at your local food store in Ocala, Florida.
- Instead of eating the bar, gel or chew all at once, break it down into small pieces, consuming smaller portions every 20 to 25 minutes. This will help your stomach not feel bloated and overloaded. Workout bars, gel or chews should be eaten if you plan on exercising over 60 minutes.
- Don’t be skimpy on the fluids. When you’re losing fluid through perspiration, it’s critical to replace lost fluid. If you perspire a lot or it’s a hot, steamy summer day, you may need extra fluids. A good rule of thumb is to drink three ounces of water every 15 minutes for a 45 to 60 minute moderate workout and five ounces of water every 15 minutes for 45 to 60 minutes of a vigorous workout. Once you hit the 90 minute workout mark, you’ll want to break your fluid consumption up into 25 percent sports drink (containing sodium and potassium) with 75 percent water.