Know Your Macronutrients
Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat are macronutrients. Carbohydrates are first source of fuel for your body. Once the carb source is depleted, your body will move on to get energy from protein and then onto fat. By adjusting the amount of grams you consume of each macro, you can better meet your fitness goals.
If your fitness goal is to get lean and toned, then you need to increase your protein consumption and decrease your carbohydrate consumption. Protein builds muscles.
If your fitness goal is to run faster and longer or if reaching your fitness goal involves a lot of cardio-based exercises, you need to increase carbohydrate consumption before working out.
Fat – which can be found in avocados, nuts, and olive oil – still needs to be consumed because it acts as a last fuel resource and it helps protect your bones and organs.
My Go-To Meals After a Barre Workout
Barre workouts are great for creating a lean and toned figure. In order to build those muscles, you need a diet that’s high in protein. There are many sources of protein, but chicken breast is the healthiest option due to the ratio of grams of protein and total calories. I still include all sources of protein in my diet, but I do focus a lot of meals that I cook around chicken breast.
My Go-To Meals Before and After a Run
What I eat before a run depends on the quantity of miles. If it’s a 5k or less, I don’t need to eat anything beforehand. Between 3-6 miles, I like to eat a banana. Honey Nut Cheerios and 2% milk is what I use to fuel a run between 6 – 10 miles. Anything more than 10 miles I bring a granola bar to refuel in addition to the cereal I eat beforehand.
After a long run I like to get a Banana Nutella Crepe at my local Sweet Paris restaurant. Bananas are great for fueling cardio exercises because it’s high in potassium which aids in muscle contractions to prevent cramps and it’s high in carbohydrates.