The Top Fitness Foods

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Published: 16th May 2013
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Did you know that by eating the right foods before and after your workout you can give yourself more energy, burn fat more efficiently and have more strength? A healthy diet goes hand in hand with fresh food delivery and a fitness routine and when your body has the nutrients that it needs you will be able to get the most out of your workout.

When you are working out, you might find that you end up hitting a plateau where you canít seem to build any more muscle or lose any more weight. This is usually because you are overlooking the factor of nutrition and not feeding yourself the right nutrients.

Before you go to the gym, you need to fuel up on the right foods to give yourself the energy you need to get through the workout. The food that you eat before you exercise should consist of complex carbs which will give you a ďslow burnĒ of energy. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread, cereals, rice or pasta. You can order a wide range of organic fruits and vegetables and more with a food delivery service if you donít have time to go to the supermarket.

Approximately 60-70% of the meal should come from carbohydrates, as they are the main source of energy for your body. If you choose these healthy complex carbs, they will keep your blood sugar consistent so that you donít crash in the middle of a workout. Avoid eating sugary sweets before a workout, as they will cause your blood sugar to spike and then crash, leaving you with very little energy.

During your workout, your body will break down muscle protein structures and glycogen so that it can rebuild and repair muscle tissue for new growth. In order for your body to be able to do this, you need to consume enough carbs and protein.

Studies have shown that your body needs these nutrients between 30 and 60 minutes after exercising for the muscles to benefit the most from the nutrition.

So what are the best foods to eat for maximum fitness? Here are some examples of excellent fitness foods that you can order in your food delivery and incorporate into your diet: Bananas
Put a banana from your food delivery into your gym bag, as it is a great snack to eat before a workout.
The carbohydrate within a banana is a very digestible form so that it will be easy for your body to turn into energy. Bananas also have lots ofpotassium, which helps you to maintain your nerve and muscle function. Sometimes your levels of potassium can drop during a workout, so snacking on a banana will help to keep them high.

Tart Cherry Juice

After your workout, drink a nice cold glass of tart cherry juice. This lip-smacking juice will give you a boost of anti-oxidants which will help to clean out the free radicals which were produced by exercising. Cherry juice has also been shown to reduce inflammation which causes sore muscles. In fact, in a 2010 study it was found that runners who drank 24 ounces of cherry juice for a full week before a long-distance race, and then drank it again on race day, reported that they had much fewer aches and pains than the other runners who were drinking a placebo.

Donít drink it before the workout, as the fructose in the juice can take a long time to digest and might cause stomach cramps. A nice cold glass of cherry juice from your food delivery can be your reward after a great workout.

Honey

If you are doing an endurance sport, honey can be your best friend. This delicious sticky spread contains both fructose and glucose which means that it is superior to straight glucose. It will keep you going for longer and prevent you from crashing and burning out in the middle of your long endurance workout. Honey is also chock-full of anti-oxidants and vitamins which will help you stay strong.
These are just a few of the best foods that you can eat before and after a workout in order to give your body the fuel it needs to perform at its best. Why not order these great fitness foods in your food delivery?

If you want to make the most of your workout routine, order these super fitness foods in your food delivery!

This article was written by Jess Baines, a content writer for Milk and More, who provide a home grocery delivery service. For more info,

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