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Everything You Need to Know About Workout Nutrition

by
author image John Berardi, PhD
John Berardi, PhD, CSCS is a founder of Precision Nutrition, the world’s largest online nutrition coaching and education company. Dr. Berardi is an advisor to Apple, Equinox, Nike, and Titleist. Has been named one of the top 20 smartest coaches in the world. And was recognized as one of the top 100 most influential people in fitness. In the last 10 years, Dr. Berardi and his team have coached over 45,000 health and fitness clients and certified over 25,000 health and fitness professionals.
Follow these basic workout nutrition guidelines to get lean and strong.
Follow these basic workout nutrition guidelines to get lean and strong. Photo Credit Maridav/AdobeStock

Wondering what you should eat before, during and after a workout? That’s a good question, because when you eat matters almost as much as what you eat.

Here’s what you should know: There’s no one set of rules. And you don’t have to start eating or drinking crazy foods or trying fad diets to get killer results from your workouts.

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But there are some basic food and drink guidelines that can fuel your workouts and help you stay lean and strong -- if you time them right.

In this infographic, you’ll learn the basics of workout nutrition and how to determine what will work best for you.

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Your body type has a lot to say about workout nutrition.
Your body type has a lot to say about workout nutrition. Photo Credit Precision Nutrition

As the infographic shows, you can support your workouts by following some basic nutritional guidelines and without having to follow ridiculously restrictive meal plans.

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For most of exercisers (unless you're training for a competition), the best pre- and post-training meals will contain some combination of high-quality protein, high-quality carbohydrates, healthy fats and some fruit and vegetables.

Beyond that, you can base your meals on your unique situation — your body type and your training needs — so you can eat food that fuels you best.

Want some help finding the best diet for you? Download this free guide: Paleo, vegan, intermittent fasting. Here’s how to choose the best diet for you.

What Do YOU Think?

Do you have a specific nutrition plan according to your workout or body type? Do you know what your body type is? Do you try to eat at specific times or do you eat whenever you feel hungry? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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