A part of me would love to get all science-y on this and do research to support my statements, but ultimately I don’t want to spend time on that. Not (just) because I’m lazy, but because what works for me may not work for you. When it comes to nutrition there is no one-size-fits-all. Every body is different!
So what works for me? I’ll tell you!
Timing: if I haven’t eaten a meal within an hour of my workout, I eat a snack. Some people say they can’t eat before working out, but I don’t have that problem. I perform better if I eat, especially in Metcons.
Composition: my pre-workout snack is typically a carb source and a fat source. I save my proteins for after the workout when my muscles are rebuilding, and post-workout nutrition would normally be a meal with meat and veg.
My go-to is a banana with almond butter or crunchy peanut butter. Yeah yeah, peanuts aren’t Paleo, blah blah blah. I do what I want. I used to have issues with…hmmm. How to label it? Basically I would be working out and my small stabilizer muscles in my legs would become weak, causing my leg to shake under a load (mostly when pushing out from under a load). Since starting to eat bananas this hasn’t been an issue. And I actually don’t like bananas, so I feel like I really stepped up here in being a responsible athlete.
I used to drink electrolytes to address that issue but stopped doing so in January 2015 and have found I don’t actually need them. Bananas are cheaper anyway, plus way more natural.
What do you eat before a workout?