A great workout isn’t just about setting personal bests in the gym or the outdoors; it is also about preparation. Here are three steps to ensure you prepare properly for your exercise.
- Make sure you eat the right food at the right time
Eat a meal that combines protein, healthy fats and slow-release carbs 90 minutes before your workout.
This will help fuel your workout and help to ensure that the majority of the calories you burn come from your fat stores.
- Avoid sugars, especially from fruit
Sugar will turn down the capability your body has for burning fat during and after the exercise, but fructose – the sugar that can be found in fruit – is particularly troublesome.
- Get a hit of caffeine
You don’t want to have too much caffeine during the day because that will promote the production of cortisol which can increase fat in the body. But having a double-espresso 30-40 minutes before your workout will help you to lift more weight or go further in your cardio session.