Skip the protein bar! Houston health teacher shares greatest meals to gas your exercises

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HOUSTON – If you are looking for a way to improve your fitness routine this year, this is something that might interest you. Did you know that certain foods can actually help you get on with your workouts? AJ “The Cardio Killer” Nebe shares what to eat before and after exercise.

According to Nebe, the perfect pre-workout meal should be two things: carbohydrates and protein. Meals should be taken one to three hours before training. However, liquid meals like protein smoothies can be taken closer to your workout.

AJ Nebe, fitness instructor, says reaching for sweet potatoes as a pre-workout snack. (HausOnThePrairie)

  • Lean Protein: Boosts metabolism and increases fat burning

  • Sweet potatoes: provide constant energy for a long time

  • Greek yogurt: Contains amino acids that help build muscle

For post-workout training, Nebe says it is important to reduce muscle protein breakdown and increase growth through protein synthesis. It is also good to replenish muscle glycogen. Together, these can help reduce cortisol levels and reduce muscle soreness.

AJ Nebe, fitness trainer, says a smoothie or protein shake are great ways to refuel your body after a workout.AJ Nebe, fitness trainer, says a smoothie or protein shake are great ways to refuel your body after a workout. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.)

  • Protein Shake: Consume within 45 minutes. Training for maximum benefit

  • Lean Protein: Reduces appetite and helps maintain muscle mass

  • Brown rice: Low glycemic index and high carbohydrate content allow quick access to nutrients for regeneration

To connect with AJ Nebe, visit his Instagram page @iamthecardiokiller

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