As you probably already know, the purpose of this site is to teach you the TRUTH about health and wellness. If you “google” the best pre-workout meals you are going to get 100 different answers and 99 of them are wrong! This post may come as a shock to some of you but I am going to clear through the inconsistency of Google and tell you what really works prime your body to burn fat! Most information out there will tell you that low glycemic (slow burning) carbohydrates are the best meal option before a workout because you feed off of the slow metabolizing process. The first thing you need to do is take that theory, wad it up, and throw it in the pile with the “too much egg yolk causes high cholesterol” theory. Carbohydrates raise blood sugar thus raising insulin levels. When your blood is being smothered by sugars, they are the first source your body will use for your energy needs. You are using carbohydrates to fuel your workouts and not your fat cells. These carbohydrates coupled with raised insulin levels keep fat stored in its cozy little home on your belly. If carbs are eliminated from your pre-workout nourishment and replaced with GOOD fats and proteins your body will be optimized to use fat as energy. Eliminating sugars (carbohydrates) from your pre-workout meal not only free your fat cells up for energy usage but also benefits your hormones. Insulin is the major fat storing hormone. Growth hormone (Leptin) is the natural fat-burning hormone. These two hormones are a teeter-totter, meaning when one is high the other must be low. Ifyou get my drift…less carbs means more fat burning!
What do you eat then? Your pre-workout meals should consist of GOOD fats and high in protein. Good fats burn fat and bad fats store extra blubber. Use pure sources of good fat mixed with pure sources of protein for optimal fat burning and mental focus. When we think of good fats with we think of Olive Oil and Canola Oil for the most part, right?
Did you know this? – When heated over 160 degrees F Olive Oil actually turns into a Trans Fat (GREASE)! 160 degrees is about the “2” setting on your stove top burners! Thought you were eating healthy?
– We have all heard of the Canola Plant, right? Wrong, no you haven’t because there is no such thing! Canola Oil is manufactured in Canada and stands for the Canadian Oil Low Acid and was nick named Canola Oil to trick us. This oil is hydrogenated and basically the same as vegetable oil. So choose GOOD fats!
Here is a couple ideas of pre-workout meals that will optimize fat burning:
1.3 Scrambled Egg Whites, 1 Whole Egg cooked with 1 TBSP of Coconut Oil (Good to add spinach)
2. Full Fat Butter Spread on Ezekiel Bread Toast (non-pasteurized)
3. Pina Colada Smoothie-
- ½ cup crushed organic pineapple in juice
- ¼ cup full fat cottage cheese (non-pasterized)
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk
- ¼ tsp coconut oil
- ¼ Natural Vanilla Flavor
- 3-4 ice cubes
4. Breakfast in a Cup –
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup Almond Milk(use more or less to adjust to desired consistency)
- 1/2 cup Almond Butter
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- dash organic cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla
- 1 cup spinach (optional)
5. Shaklee Protein Meal Bar – To research ingredients go here =====>> Shaklee Cinch Bar
Does it shock you that eating fat actually burns fat? Go ahead and type “pre-workout meals” into Google right now and see how many say eat “slow burning” carbohydrates! Not to worry thought because I always got your back!