Dear female client, for the love of God, You need to EAT. Your body needs fuel. To train hard, transform your body, or just to function in daily life, please...you need to start EATING.THE.FOOD......! ! !
Over the last 2 weeks this has come up a lot. My female clients are skipping breakfast or are simply restricting themselves to a piece of toast and some tea and then trying to exercise with me later in the studio. I have to offer some tough love sometimes.
Restricting or even starving your body will NOT give you the body you are asking me to help you get.
Your body strives for a balance, food is fuel. Food is the building materials needed to give you energy and support to build your muscle tissue. You need a nice balance between food intake and a solid training stimulus.
Clients: Please eat before and after your workout: (ex 45 minutes - 1 hour before and after). Carbs are not the devil. #Carbs help you fuel your workout and restore your glycogen in your muscles after your workout (your muscles will look pumped!). If you're hungry, I want you to listen to your body- it is always talking to you.
If you're restricting your food intake, and you're working out, I can promise you: you're gonna end up feeling miserable and hungry. This can later on lead you to overeat to compensate.
Yes, your muscles need protein but they also need carbs. You must include FATS. Restricting fats won't get you to your physique goal either. Fats are essential for #hormonalhealth (especially for women!). Fats satiate your body.
Here is my go to tip: Have a small meal that includes a protein, a fat and a starchy carb in your post-workout meal + some veggies for your vitamins, minerals and fiber! You can omit the fat/fiber in your pre workout meal if it bothers your digestion.
Example: 2 eggs* protein-fat in the yolk/1- 2 slices of toast * carb /sliced tomato or salsa * veggie/fruit
Oatmeal or Cereal/berries* carb and fiber/ handful of nuts * fats /turkey bacon * protein
1/2 a toasted bagel* carb/ avocado * fat/ protein shake* protein
Protein bar *combo of protein and fat, 1/2 banana- carb
It can really be that simple.
Happy and healthy FUELED workouts!