What if I told you there was a way to get better results from your workouts without increasing your effort. Well, that is what this post is going to cover. What you eat leading up to your workout “makes or breaks” that workout. Don’t just hit your workouts haphazardly without planning in advance. Prepare your body for maximum fat loss by eating strategically leading up to that workout.
[Notice the “Strategically” placed flower? Me neither!]
Think About Your Workouts a Few Days in Advance
If you know that you are going to hit cardio hard on Monday and Wednesday night, then it makes sense to get a bit carb depleted by the time those workouts roll around. The time to begin going a bit lower on carbs would be Sunday night and all day Monday, leading up to your cardio workout. For your Wednesday night workout, you would want to go low carb Tuesday night and all day Wednesday leading up to that workout. You would want to make Monday and Wednesday night (after your workout) the nights where you would allow yourself a higher amount of carbs.
Planning for a Party or Event With Lots of Food
Let’s say you have a wedding to go to on Saturday night and there is going to be a ton of great food, champagne, cake, beer, etc. I would recommend eating lower carbs on Wednesday and continue to eat this way until Saturday night. I would enhance the level of carb depletion, by insuring that I did cardio three days in a row leading up to Saturday. The great thing about this is that you will look extra slim and sharp for the event. Since you are carb depleted, a large majority of those calories you eat and drink at the party are going to go back to replenishing your muscles.
Hit a Heavy Weight Training Day, the Day After a Party
If you ate in the manner described above and did carb depletion followed by eating a ton of food at the party, make sure you hit the gym the next day. Focus on weights. You aren’t going to get that much out of cardio, since your muscles are loaded with carbs…but you will be super strong! Seriously, all the weights should feel lighter than normal. Take advantage of this, by having an extended session in the weight room. Many athletes do carb depletion followed by carb loading to increase their performance on the day of competition. You are kind of doing the same thing in a weird way. Who would have thought eating a gazillion calories could increase performance?
What to Eat During the Day Leading up to the Workout
I am a big believer in hitting the gym on a completely empty stomach. I don’t touch a calorie of any sort 4 hours before hitting the gym…and even that meal is normally a bit of fruit or quick digesting protein shake. I have heard arguments against this technique, but it works for everyone I know who gives it a shot. Your body has to burn fat for energy if there isn’t “carb energy” in your system. I’ve never experienced muscle loss from this way of eating and it quickly gets me as lean as I desire. Give it a try and see how it works for you.
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