Eight Great Workout-Boosting Foods

Grilled Chicken Breast

Exercise is crucial to your health, but the wrong diet can make or break your workout. Of particular importance is what you eat in the hours just prior to hitting the gym. For instance, roughly 70 percent of the energy in your pre-workout meal should come from low-glycemic, complex carbs. Here are eight great foods to boost your workout performance.

  1. Brown rice: It's a fiber-rich energy booster.
  2. 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.
  3. Pineapple:  It's loaded with bromelain, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory that could accelerate muscle repair.
  4. 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.
  5. Peanut butter: Just a tablespoon is packed with muscle-fueling protein and healthy fats for sustained energy.
  6. 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.
  7. Berries: Fresh or frozen, they're loaded with antioxidants that promote a healthy heart and are thought to help stave off soreness.
  8. 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.

Metabolic Research Center can help you reach and maintain your weight loss goals with a customized nutrition, exercise and lifestyle plan. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation at your nearest MRC location.


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