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These are The Best Foods For Optimum Fitness

If you want to have a fit body that is not flabby, you have to keep a watch on your diet. You have to eat the necessary foods that will keep your body in great shape without cutting down on nutrition. We have prepared a list of the best foods to have for optimum fitness. You can have them every day and work your way up to the desired fitness levels. What are the foods to have for optimum fitness?

“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement”  Jess C. Scott

 Begin with Whole-Grain Cereal

If you have a workout regimen early in the morning,  try a bowl of whole grain cereal with some skim milk or whole wheat toast or a bagel. If you don’t have enough to eat before you exercise, you have diminished chances of burning any calories. Therefore, you must have some healthy carbohydrates about an hour before you begin your workout. Do not use cream cheese or butter because saturated fats take extra time to digest. They also affect the amount of oxygen your blood delivers to your muscles.

 A Banana Can Help Before You Head To the Gym

If you do not have much time before you head to the gym, you can have an Apple or a banana about five or ten minutes before your workout. This will give you some natural energy in quick time. Your body will easily digest these carbohydrates and convert them into the energy you need for the exercise. Fruits are also packed with other essential nutrients.

 Have An Energy Bar At Midday

If you decide to work out later in the day, you can have a small snack in the form of an energy bar before you begin the workout. This is a good option because it has fewer than 200 calories. Look out for a low fiber content bar because too much fiber can cause a stomach upset.  Also, bear in mind that you should look at the ingredient list on the energy bar and keep an eye on sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and mannitol. These ingredients have the potential to cramp you.

 Proteins

When you are exercising regularly, you need more protein than other people, especially after you, have finished exercising. Your body needs the protein to repair muscles and for various other reasons. For lunch or dinner, skip the cheeseburger or some fatty products and opt for grilled chicken or turkey instead.

 Black Bean Burger

You could decide to try a full-time vegetarian diet to ensure you get plenty of protein and other nutrients such as plant fiber. Try kidney beans, black beans, split peas, or chickpeas. Soy products such as tofu and nuts are also rich in protein.

 Have A Bowl of Berries After A Workout

It is natural for a person to head for a bottle of juice at the end of a workout. What people do not understand is that the fiber is lost when a fruit is converted to juice. Rather than head for a bottle of juice, have a bowl of berries—and blueberries in particular—because they reduce muscle soreness from strenuous exercise. Cherries are also a good option, but berries of all types will help.

 Vegetables and Hummus

You can quickly lose count of the number of calories you burn when exercising. An intense exercise can burn double the calories than a moderate exercise. You may get the feeling that you have earned the right to a treat, but a better option for you would be to snack on fruits and vegetables. They will help you feel full and replenish the muscles. Vegetables with hummus or fruit with Greek yogurt will also be helpful.

 Peanut Butter

Can you continue working out without visiting your childhood and the days when you were having a couple of slices of bread with four teaspoons of peanut butter? If you still feel the need to enjoy this delicacy, do not hold yourself back because it can still give you the proteins you need for the recovery after a workout.

“Regarding the fitness craze: America has lost its soul; now it’s trying to save its body.”  ― George Carlin 

 Keep Your Body Hydrated

Do not forget to keep your body hydrated by having plenty of water—minus bottled drinks or juices. Water is all that you need to keep your body hydrated before, during, and after a workout.

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