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Watch What You Eat Pre-Workout

November 22, 2011

You don't want to work out on an empty stomach, because your muscles need carbohydrate-replenished glycogen to power heavy lifts along with amino acids from protein for anti-catabolic and rebuilding support. It doesn't have to be a Thanksgiving feast. Just enough to fuel you up for the next iron jungle challenge.

Carbs and proteins are important. But a study published in the journal Sports Medicine warns about consuming too much fat before heading to the gym. A review of literature conducted by University of Virginia scientists suggests that consuming a high-fat meal before training can suppress levels of growth hormone released by the effort. Fatty foods can also decrease exercise's beneficial effect on fat metabolism and weight loss. Find out what tart cherry juice can do for sleep and muscle soreness by reading today's ON Breaking News post.