‘Meal And Workout Schedule – When Is The Best Time To Workout And Have Meals’ – Monica May
We all know the recipe for healthy and long term weight loss:
A balanced diet + exercise.
Well, if only it was that simple.
There are so many other factors in this weight loss dilemma, and one of them is knowing the right timing.
Should I eat before my workout or after it? How many hours before? When is the best time to workout?
As a fitness trainer, I get these questions quite often so I decided to make a guide with the meals and workout schedule for all of you.
The truth is, in order to get the best out of your workouts, maximize the fat burn and speed up weight loss, we have to make sure to make the best out of our meal and workouts.
And one of those things is timing.
When you schedule your meals right, and you exercise at the right time, you’re more likely to get the most out of your fitness plan.
That’s why I’m going to give you the ultimate meal and workout schedule, with a guide on when is the best time to workout and eat your meals.
I’ll give you all the details you need in order to get the most out of your workouts and make better meal and workout schedule.
Let’s get started!
Meal And Workout Schedule – When Is The Best Time To Workout And Have Meals
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
And I’m not just saying this as
You should eat your breakfast within 1 hour after waking up, no more!
Eating your breakfast is so important not only for your health but to the whole weight loss process too.
Having a healthy breakfast and starting your day right, has many benefits.
It stimulates your metabolism and gives you the necessary energy to start the day with full force.
Many studies have shown the benefits of having healthy and balanced breakfast, and here’re some of them:
- By eating your breakfast regularly, you lower the chances of getting over-weighted;
- Regular breakfast eaters are more likely to keep the exercising habit;
- You have more strength and endurance to engage in physical activity;
- When you skip breakfast, your body stops producing the enzymes needed to metabolize fat to lose weight;
- Having healthy breakfast helps you improve your concentration and performance;
- You lower your cholesterol levels.
And these are just a few of the countless benefits that you’re going to get by having healthy nutrition breakfast.
In my 28-Day Meal Plan, you find plenty of breakfast ideas, well balanced and healthy breakfast recipes.
However, you can find some of my favorite breakfast ideas here – 5 Fit & Healthy Breakfast Recipes Ready In 5 Minutes.
You can experiment as much as you want, as long as you keep it healthy and balanced.
My perfect breakfast combo is this simple formula:
Proteins + Fibers + Healthy Fats
Choose whatever you like the most, just DON’T even think about skipping breakfast!
And always keep in mind that a cup of coffee does not count as a breakfast.
Fruit, smoothie, oatmeal, omelet… any of these easy breakfast recipes is better than no breakfast at all.
Also, check out my healthy morning routine, to see exactly how I start my day.
2. Morning Workout
Many people have doubts about rather exercising in the morning a good idea.
While there’s really no such thing as ‘the best time to work out’, we can’t argue with the fact that there are tons of benefits of working out in the morning vs night.
In fact, there are so many perks of an early morning workout, that exercising at other times of the day just can’t provide.
However, there’s a catch – you’ll just need to choose the right exercise.
Not every type of exercise is recommended in the morning.
Strength training or HIIT, on the other hand, is not recommended to be done on an empty stomach,
You need a full meal, at least 2 hours before an intensive training workout, because your body is in a lack of water, lack of food and low blood sugar.
That being said, the best morning workout would be a short and explosive cardio workout.
You can head on to check out the morning workout I usually do.
Also, while working out before breakfast has some benefits, what’s far more important is to stabilize your blood sugar before your morning sweat session.
Otherwise, your body will have a hard time providing the energy needed to go through the workout.
So, before your quick morning workout, have a light snack, that’s rich in healthy carbs and proteins.
These nutrients will help your muscles boost up and get you through the workout safe and powered up.
So, the ideal pre-workout morning snacks I usually have are:
- apple slices with peanut butter,
- banana-berry smoothie
- protein bar
Have one of these snacks 20 minutes before heading on to workout, and your energy levels will be all set.
3. Have a Healthy Snack Between Your Meals
It’s important to avoid big breaks between your meals!
This way you’ll:
- control your appetite
- prevent variation in your blood sugar
- avoid overeating
- avoid sugar craving
You’ll also have better mood and more energy.
Of course, you don’t have to eat meals every 3 hours:
The optimum in the meal and workout time guide is to have three main meals and 2-3 healthy snacks between them.
Also, it’s a great way to stop craving bad foods and quit sugar.