Eating Before Workout

 Eating Before Workout

Eating Before Workout

The food you eat has a big impact not only on how you look but also on how you perform by eating the right foods you'll have more energy a clearer mind and you'll also perform significantly better at the gym and to put it simply there are many correct ways that you can set up your pre-workout meals usually the most common approach is to combine protein and carbs before a workout by eating something like chicken and rice or scrambled eggs ezekiel bread and veggies or oatmeal combined with a scoop of protein powder and berries but instead of listing out all the healthy protein carbs and fats that you can eat before your workout that you probably already know about i want to go over six very special foods and beverages that are proven to have very interesting effects on your performance if consumed before your workout.

Number one: hot peppers capsaicin is actually the compound that makes chili peppers hot according to research consuming that compound before a workout increases the number of reps that you can do per set i know that might sound crazy but it's true the researchers had 10 trained men do squats on two separate occasions both of these times the participants did four sets using a challenging weight load and they rested for one and a half minutes between sets the only difference was that on one occasion they took 12 milligrams of capsaicin 45 minutes before starting the workout and the other time they took a placebo instead surprisingly enough the participants that took capsaicin before the workout were able to complete more reps during their sets compared to taking the placebo and there are three possible explanations for how the capsaicin is able to improve performance.

• The first one is that it might raise your pain threshold capsaicin is for example used as a pain reliever for neuropathic conditions which are usually diseases that affect the nervous system and cause pain its ability to increase someone's pain threshold may explain why the participants reported feeling like they didn't struggle as much when they took capsaicin as opposed to the placebo this heightened pain tolerance may have been what allowed them to complete more reps another explanation for its ability to increase performance can be traced back to the effects it has on calcium being released from muscle cells and the boost that that provides to your central nervous system.

 • Now to actually feel these benefits you will have to eat quite a bit of chili peppers so for many people a supplement might be a better option however if you don't mind spicy foods i recommend going with oleoresin red peppers because they have a high capsaicin content in fact the study found that there are 60 milligrams of capsaicin in a gram of olive resin red peppers which means you'll only have to eat a quarter of a gram to feel. the benefits of course regular chili peppers and red peppers are still also an option but if you go that route you'll have to eat a lot more of them since chili peppers only have about .1 milligrams of capsaicin per gram and red peppers contain about 2.5 milligrams per gram 

Number two: beet root people often take l-citrulline before a workout to improve blood flow but very few people know that beetroot works just as well or maybe even better that's because beetroot contains nitrates and nitrates are natural chemicals that get broken down into nitrites inside your body which can then get turned into nitric oxide now nitric oxide is a molecule that stimulates vasodilation meaning it relaxes the inner muscles of your blood vessels this leads to an improvement in blood flow that's why consuming beetroot before a workout can actually help you get a bigger pump plus it can also improve workout performance.

• Studies show us that nitrate supplementation improves aerobic endurance energy output muscle recovery between sets and potentially also anaerobic endurance now the one problem is that it might be hard to eat enough beetroot to get the required amount of nitrates for it to be effective but fortunately there is a solution you can turn raw beetroots into beetroot juice and drink it about 500 milliliters of beetroot juice is enough to feel the benefits and that's usually the amount that's used in studies now if you want to try this it's best to drink the beetroot juice two to three hours before your workout because the evidence shows us that blood nitrate levels peak within about two to three hours after having the beetroot moving on.

Eating Before Workouts

Eating Before Workouts

Number three: casein there are a number of studies that show that eating protein alone or with carbs before exercising increases muscle protein synthesis and one of these studies found a positive muscle building response after consuming 20 grams of whey protein before a workout according to this study in order to reap the benefits of a pre-workout protein shake you need around 30 grams to do the trick so it's very common for weight lifters and bodybuilders to get their pre-workout protein in the form of whey most people believe that since whey digests faster than casein it must be better than casein before a workout but that's not actually true.

• While whey does produce a more significant spike in muscle protein synthesis it doesn't enhance the muscle protein synthesis for as long of a time as casein does so over time the total increase in muscle protein synthesis between whey and casein tends to be the same meaning in that regard one isn't better than the other but with that said whey is not as good as casein at preventing muscle protein breakdown this makes casein the better pre-workout protein for gaining strength and muscle when compared to whey and we can see this being confirmed in a study that looked at the changes in body fat and muscle mass in overweight police officers as they followed a calorie deficit diet with a high protein intake while also lifting weights throughout the week they divided the cops into groups and one group had a casein protein product while the other group had whey instead and after 12 weeks the casein group gained on average almost 9 pounds of lean muscle mass while the whey group only gained around four and a half pounds the casein group was also able to increase their chest shoulder and leg strength by 59 percent over the course of study while the whey protein group only increased their strength by 29 which is a significant difference the researchers believe.

• That this significant difference in body composition and strength is most likely due to improved nitrogen retention and overall anti-catabolic effects caused by the peptide components of the casein to put it simply casein was better at preventing muscle protein breakdown making it a superior choice pre-workout since your workout will drastically increase muscle protein breakdown so maybe consider having some casein before your workout and combining it with something like.



Number four:  Oatmeal and skim milk speaking of oatmeal it's actually our next food and the thing is that current research is mixed on the topic of pre-workout carbohydrates some research suggests that they aid performance while others show no benefit at all and while training clients i found that individual response is also mixed some people benefit from consuming carbs before their workout while others don't so feel free to experiment however given that healthy carbs have no real adverse effects on your workout but they may possibly have some beneficial ones you may want to try having a carb like oatmeal.

Before your workout especially if you're dieting that's because a calorie deficit reduces your muscle glycogen stores so when you're dieting there will be less energy available for your muscles to use by having pre-workout carbohydrates you can somewhat replenish that glycogen which may improve performance for example a 2017 study compared a group of lifters that had 28 grams of carbs before and after training to a group of lifters that had 28 grams of protein without carbs before and after training and the group that had the carbs experienced improved muscular endurance even after eight weeks of calorie restricted dieting so carbs can help but you may be wondering.

• Why are oats in particular an excellent food to eat before workouts well there are two main reasons first they contain a decent amount of fiber which slows down the rate at which the carbs get absorbed as a result the glycogen gets released into your bloodstream gradually this prevents mild symptoms of low blood sugar during training that you might experience if you have faster digesting carbs instead like fruit juice or honey for example the second reason why oatmeal is an especially great pre-workout carb is because unlike most other carbohydrates it also contains a decent amount of protein according to data from the u.s department of agriculture 100 grams of raw oats has 13.2 grams of protein.

• Which is coffee with l-theanine many people think that pre-workout formulas are super complicated but the truth is that caffeine happens to be the workhorse that's responsible for almost all the acute effects of most pre-workout supplements so to feel most of these short-term stimulatory effects you could just drink coffee and save yourself some cash especially since most pre-workout supplements use low doses of lesser proven ingredients to piggyback off of the effects of the caffeine so you might be wondering how caffeine is so beneficial for your workout performance well it's proven to help with suppressing fatigue while increasing focus strength power and endurance in studies researchers generally have participants take between three and six milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight before exercising.

• So if you weigh about 80 kilograms which is about 175 pounds that would be between 240 and 480 milligrams of caffeine now most people aren't going to stand there measuring the amount of caffeine in their coffee and the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee can vary based on how it's made but there is about an average of 95 milligrams of caffeine in an 8 ounce regular cup of coffee that would mean you would need to drink two and a half to five cups of coffee to reach the clinical amount of caffeine that's used to study its pre-workout effects keep in mind that an eight-ounce cup is much smaller.

• Than the mug or cup that you probably use for coffee so don't go overboard either way it may seem like a lot and i'd say for many people that haven't built up a tolerance to caffeine it may definitely be too much and can cause anxiety and jitters so instead one to two average size cups of coffee are generally enough for a regular person who doesn't have a huge tolerance to caffeine now to get the absolute most out of your coffee consider adding l-theanine to it l-theanine is an amino acid found in tea leaves and studies show that l-theanine enhances caffeine's positive effects while reducing the negative aspects like increased anxiety increased blood pressure and reduced sleep.

• The general recommended ratio of caffeine to l-theanine is one to two so for every average cup of coffee add 200 milligrams of l-theanine that should be a good ratio for most people although if the l-theanine calms you too much you can instead do a one-to-one ratio so 100 milligrams of l-theanine per cup also an important thing to keep in mind is that caffeine will only enhance performance if you haven't built up a tolerance to it yet that's why it's best to limit caffeine intake to once or twice a week if you want to use it to really boost gym performance if you have it more often than that it tends to lead to tolerance luckily if you feel that you've already built up tolerance to caffeine you can abstain from all caffeine sources for two weeks which should be long enough to reset your tolerance

Number six:  last but not least is watermelon and i'm not going to spend too much time on watermelon because it has many of the same benefits as beetroot and can actually be used as an alternative to beetroot watermelon is actually considered by many to be the world's best source of citrulline which like we talked about earlier is an amino acid that boosts nitric oxide production when you consume citrulline your body converts it into arginine which then gets turned into nitric oxide and that nitric oxide improves blood flow.

• Research indicates that citrulline can actually improve your gym performance in three different ways that's by increasing blood flow to your muscles helping your muscles clear out the ammonia which happens to actually be a marker of muscle fatigue and increasing your energy levels while reducing lactic acid accumulation which is that burning sensation that you feel when fatigue starts setting in so those are the six unique pre-workout foods that you can eat to boost performance and in turn get better results