Power Your Performance with Eight Great Pre-Workout Foods

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Exercise is crucial to your health, especially when you're looking to lose weight and keep it off. But a primary key to your workout performance lies in your pre-workout meal choices. For example, about 70 percent of the energy in your pre-workout meal should come from low-glycemic, complex carbohydrates.

To help assure optimal results from your exercise sessions, choose from these eight great pre-workout foods.

  1. Berries: Fresh or frozen, they're loaded with antioxidants that promote a healthy heart and are thought to help stave off soreness.
  2. Brown rice: It's a fiber-rich energy booster.
  3. Greek yogurt: The calcium keeps bones strong to help ward off stress fractures, a common exercise-related injury. And the protein aids in quick muscle recovery.
  4. Grilled chicken breast: It's got a higher protein-to-fat ratio (19:1) than any other part of the chicken, zero carbs and minimal fat. It's also rich in niacin, which helps convert protein, fat and carbs into useable energy; vitamin B6, which allows your body to use carbs stored in your muscles during exercise; and iron, needed to deliver oxygen to those same muscles during your workout.
  5. Peanut butter: Just a tablespoon is packed with muscle-fueling protein and healthy fats for sustained energy.
  6. Pineapple:  It's loaded with bromelain, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory that could accelerate muscle repair.
  7. Steel-cut oats: Also known as Irish oats, they're the least processed type of oat cereal and boast a lower glycemic load to instant or quick-cooking oats.
  8. Veggie omelet: Eggs have one of the highest bioavailable proteins of all whole foods, lending an energy and muscle boost. Add  chopped veggies for extra taste and nutrients.

Metabolic Research Center can help you reach and maintain your health goals. Let one of our dedicated weight loss specialistsdevelop a customized exercise, nutrition and lifestyle plan just for you. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation at your nearest MRC location.



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