Hi readers! Let’s kick the month right by answering the question of how to maximize your workouts! Since I know we all have extremely busy schedules, the more effective yur workouts are, the less time you’ll waste, the more calories you’ll burn and the more you can get done during the day at work or see your friends and family at night!
So, many have asked me what is the best thing to eat before or after a workout to be be toned and slim? This is a big concern for most of us during bathing suit season and all year round by trainers, athletes and exercise aficionados! If you are exercising to tone, stay energetic, and lose fat I have a few great suggestions for you. The best thing to take both before and after your workout is spirulina, which is an algae that you can buy online in either in a tablet form (easy to carry around) or as a powder. It’s a lot easier to carry it in tablet form which is why I founded our company to sell algae in tab form. We call our algae tabs “bits” because they are, in fact little “bits” of protein and nourishment. I’d love to have you learn more about them and maybe even try some so please check them out at any of our websites www.skinnybits.com, www.energybits.com, www.recoverybits.com or www.vitalitybits.com. The best “bits” to take for your workouts are ENERGYbits because they are 100% organic spirulina. For years, I heard so much about the benefits of spirulina so years ago (before I started my company) I started taking it before and after my own workouts to see if everything they say about it is true. It is! Its amazing! You will not fatigue or get hungry if you take spirulina before your workout. This is because spirulina algae is OVER 60% protein and is nitrogen-based (so it helps your body get more nitric oxide which allows more blood and oxygen to get to your cells, brain and muscles). Sweet! And, as you have likely heard from trainers, the best thing to eat AFTER your workout is protein which helps build muscle (instead of fat). So, since spirulina has 12 x the amount of available protein as steak…. I would also recommend you take ENERGYbits (or any kind of spirulina) after your workout as well! This will not only get protein immediately into your body, it will also cut your hunger (helpful for weight loss) and will also bring oxygen to your cells so that you won’t have muscle soreness (from excess lactic acid that may have been generated from your workout).
Almost as important as knowing what to eat after a workout is knowing what NOT to eat. New research has shown that circuit training (short bursts of fast paced activities, followed by weightlifting repetitions, followed by breaks) is the best exercise for fat burning and for getting your bodyto release HGH (Human Growth Hormone) which is what keeps you energetic and youthful. So, if you want to get the most fat burning benefits and HGH benefits from your workout, you should not eat anything with sugar (or high fructose corn syrup a.k.a. HFCS) for the two hours after your workout. Why? Because research has shown that eating anything that contains fructose or sugar after a workout interferes with your body’s ability to burn fat or create HGH. Translation….no fruit, no simple carbs, no chocolate, no candy, no juice or anything with sugar for 2 hours after your workout. Instead, eat protein. This means things like eggs, chicken, spirulina, chlorella, hemp or rice protein powder, seeds/nuts. If you want, you can also eat salads (no salad dressing other than olive oil) or other vegetables, but if you want the best results, eat mostly protein.. If you do this after your workouts, you will burn more fat after your work out, get toned faster, and achieve or keep a slim, strong body!
So, here’s to a great workout and a toned body that will not only get you lots of compliments on the beach but more importantly, will keep you strong and limber and help you get through your day with strength and energy