ANSWERED BY A DIETITIAN
We regularly get asked nutrition questions so we asked our local (beautiful, intelligent and amazing) dietitian Bronte from @nourishednotdeprived if she could help and of course, she was amazing enough to give us detailed and helpful answers!
Q. What should I eat before working out?
A. With pre-workout nutrition, we want to be concentrating on 4 main components of the meal we choose.
We want the meal to be high in carbohydrates, moderate in protein (if we can), low in fat and low in fibre.
This will ensure we have adequate energy provision, our muscles are able to recover, and that the energy we are providing our body is able to be used quickly!
Nourished Not Deprived Dietitian’s favourite pre-workout meals are Juice, Up & Gos, Carmen’s muesli bars and rice cakes with honey!
Q. Can I eat carbs?
A. Carbohydrates and why we reaaaaally need to stop cutting them out.
The whole 'low carb' and 'keto' is getting old, and Nourished Not Deprived Dietitians are here to spread the word that bread is life... and should not be avoided. Carbohydrates are our brain and bodies main energy source, our providers of fibre (an essential nutrient needed to optimise gut health and reduce the risk of colon cancer), provider of B vitamins (which make energy at a cellular level) and did you know they are found in vegetables and fruit!?
Carbohydrates should not only be consumed around exercise but all throughout the day to maintain steady blood sugar levels. If you are craving sweets late at night or overconsuming at certain parts of the day, review how many wholegrain/starchy carbohydrates you are consuming. You may need to potentially increase your intake! Our most sought-after carbohydrates should be our Wholegrain and Starchy carbohydrates, but all carbohydrates have their place in our diet.
Q. Tip to gain muscle?
A. Gaining muscle, we all want more of it right? Nourished Not Deprived Dietitians provide their No 1. top tip to gaining muscle.
Pair a hypercaloric diet with resistance training! You can gain muscle at maintenance, and potentially in a caloric deficit, but a general rule of thumb is to place yourself in a slight surplus in calories and increase volume overload with your training. You need load on your muscle to elicit the need to grow and repair the muscle through muscle protein synthesis, and you need adequate nutrient intake to assist in that healing.
Q. How to get help with nutrition?
A. If you would like to know what YOU should be eating to reach those weight loss, muscle gain & overall better health goals, Nourished Not Deprived Dietitians are offering 30% off an initial consultation with their Dietitians if you drop the code ''Kaila'' when enquiring!
So there we go, 3 tips and a discount for you to take away to help you in the pursuit of your fitness and health goals!