Learn exactly what to eat or drink, and when, to maximize your athletic performance. Whether your activity is strength training, cardio, or even race preparation, this certified sports nutrition expert who works with elite athletes will tell you what to consume, and the scientific reasons why, for preparation and recovery.
- What to eat for cardio Before: Eat something moderate in protein, high in carbs 60-90 minutes before After: 20-30 minutes after eat carbs and protein, within an hour replenish protein and electrolytes
- What to eat for strength training Before: Water unless lifting for more than an hour than switch to a sports drink After: 20-25 grams of protein within an hour
- What to eat when running Before: Low in fiber and fat, high in carbs night before. Small carb-loaded breakfast. After: Drink 16 oz of fluid for every pound you lost during the race. 4 oz of target cherry juice can help with muscle recovery.
“After your workout, your body has a 20- to 30-minute “metabolic window,” when your muscles absorb nutrients most efficiently. It’s important to replenish during this time frame so your body maintains its energy supply.”
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