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What to Eat Before You Work Out

Pre-Workout Foods to Burn More Fat

Calories aside, certain foods have been proven to give you more bang for your buck — at the gym, that is. Foods with a low glycemic index, or GI, have been directly correlated with how many cals are burned in your gym session. In a recent study, women who ate a low-GI breakfast a couple hours prior to exercising burned twice as much fat as when they indulged in a high-GI breakfast. This is thought to have happened because low-GI foods maximize fat burn, since they don't create a spike in your blood sugar, as high-GI foods are known to do.

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The lowest-GI foods to digest prior to a workout include whole grains, porridge, some cereals, soy, and linseed bread. Because it's important to always have a well-balanced meal, here's a list of the lowest-GI foods in every major food category:

  • Cereals: Oatmeal, muesli, all-bran, and porridge
  • Legumes: Lentils, chickpeas, pinto beans, and split peas
  • Vegetables: Carrots, eggplant, mushrooms, green beans, and broccoli
  • Fruits: Apples, cherries, plums, grapefruit, and peaches
  • Carbs: Wheat tortillas, pearled barley, linseed bread, and brown rice
  • Dairy: Yogurt, soy, chocolate, and dairy milk
  • Snack foods: Hummus, nuts, raisins, and corn chips

At moderate activity, a low glycemic diet can help you make the most of your workout session. Unless you are training at a triathlon level, high-GI foods aren't helpful for your endurance or goals to shed pounds. Try munching on these foods pre-exercise, and notice the difference in it can make on your weight control.

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bluedaisy16 bluedaisy16 3 years
Noooo. Study's show that eating, low GI foods like protein increase fat loss throughout the day, while consuming carbs (oatmeal, cereal, bread) for breakfast inhibits fat loss. I've read this study. These "snacks" before working out have nothing to do with it.
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