Individuals that regularly perform a weight training exercise routine or any other form of strenuous exercise place a higher level of stress on their entire body.
Exercising aggressively requires that the human body utilize additional nutrients to support such a high level of effort. While regularly exercising is an excellent activity that promotes and supports good health and fitness, the additional energy required to do so comes with a price – increased levels of nutritional intake to provide the additional energy required by the body.
Regularly eating the right foods is often a large part of gaining lean body mass or losing fat weight. The fact is that in the gym we are there to stimulate body composition change. Outside the gym is when that change actually takes effect: through proper nutrition and sufficient rest. Training relatively is the easy part.
Getting to the gym for most people to exercise, and focusing on the purpose of getting fit, is easier than eating right outside the gym. Outside the gym, we have a life, a job, or a family to attend to. In our life outside the gym, distractions tend to pull us this way or that way.
With this in mind, it only makes sense that individuals that regularly perform a weight training program need to focus not only on their actual workouts but their nutritional intake as well. By coupling the two, you will ensure that you are supplying your body with all of the nutrients necessary to perform at an optimum level and to successfully increase your lean muscle mass and strength..
General tips regarding pre-workout nutrition are:
- Drink an adequate amount of water before a weight training workout.
- Avoid high-fat diets such as fried and oily food before a weight training workout.
- Try to come in a relaxed mood before a workout otherwise it can disturb your digestion and thus the nutritional diet you are taking can be wasted.
- Take the nutritional diet two to three hours before a workout. The diet must contain high content of carbohydrates and proteins and low content of fats.
- Avoid the nutritional diet containing sugar before a workout.