Best Pre and Post Cycling Food
While it is true that cycling or doing any other cardio workout on an empty stomach can burn major calories, it can also result in a lower intense workout that may not yield the results you’re looking for. Whether your goals are weight loss, competing for better time or distance or just simply to get healthier, it is very important to make sure your body is fueled both before and after your ride. Here are a few suggestions for both pre and post workout snacks.
Two Hours Before
If you want to burn more calories, you should aim for a lower calorie meal a few hours before your training. A hearty salad, sans dressing or a veggie omelette are both great options. Try adding some extra protein like chicken or fish for more sustainability.
One Hour Before
Before you go, you want to make sure you load up on some slow acting carbs to help keep your energy levels up. Bananas, applesauce, peanut butter, carrots and hummus are some great and easily digestible carbs to snack on right before.
Try To Avoid
Gassy foods are your enemy before a long bike run. Try to stay away from brocolli, beans, apples, melons and any fatty foods at least few hours before your ride.
After Your Ride
Once you’re finished your muscles are sure to be sore and fatigued. Try drinking a protein shake to help with muscle recovery and also to keep from binge eating anything unhealthy for your next you meal. Bananas are also a great post workout snack to to help with soreness. And most importantly, don’t forget to hydrate! It is best to aim for 8oz within the first 30 minutes of finishing your ride.