One of the biggest elements to weight lifting that I’m still learning about is fueling properly for the workouts. Eating to preform with lifting is much different than eating to preform with running. At least for me, there’s a HUGE difference.
When I was a full time runner, if the day before my eats were a little off or I didn’t eat as much as I should have, I could still bust out a run the next day. Maybe my pace would be a tad slower but nothing super noticeable or concerning. I still got through my workouts just fine.
For me personally, this is not the case with lifting. At all. If I don’t eat well that day my workout the next day will suffer big time.
I’ll have low energy, my muscles won’t be as responsive and willing, and the workout will be so much more challenging both mentally and physically.
Carbs + Protein are the two main items I have found that I need in order to feel strong during my workouts. I’ve been adding more carbs into rotation so there has been more potatoes and sweet potatoes as part of my meals. Occasionally I’ll have a slice of sprouted bread or some granola.
Junk needs to be kept to a minimum and a focus on real food a priority. I have found that if I eat something junky, say like takeout or pizza, not only do I feel gross but my performance suuucckkksss.
Which is a given, I mean this sounds like pretty basic info but life happens and you gotta roll with it.
Slowly I’m learning more about how to properly fuel myself for workouts. My diet is changing for the better because I want to be the best I can be while working out. Plus I just want to be the best me all around.
Food + sleep are my priorities right now as I build up strength and endurance.
How do you fuel yourself for workouts? What have you found that works and what does not?