Strength Training: What to Eat
Most people understand that to become stronger than you are now, you need to lift heavy weights. While there are different methods to becoming stronger, they all involve weight lifting.
That said, not everyone understands that what you eat when you are strength training is as important (if not more) than the weights you lift.
To avoid any confusion, this post is going to show you what foods complement strength training.
The most obvious one, so protein deserves the top spot on this list.
If you are looking to become strong but aren’t eating enough protein, you can forget about it - you will be wasting your time and run the risk of fatigue too!
PRO TIP: Add 1-2 scoops of protein powder to your day.
2. Omega 3s
Salmon, grass-fed beef, fatty fish, or a good supplement will contain omega 3 fatty acids. If you are strength training, you need these in your diet.
Your muscles will need these to recover and repair, as will your tendons, joints and ligaments!
While there is no need to stuff your face with carbohydrates, you will need some for serious a strength training program.
Some good sources of carbohydrates are oats, oatmeal and sweet potato. Any colored veggies like broccoli, peppers and spinach are a good source too.
These good sources of carbs will fill your muscle glycogen stores up and provide energy for your strength training.
4. Vitamins and Minerals
If you are eating a decent amount of healthy fruits and veggies, you will be getting the right amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Nevertheless, strength training is demanding on the body so supplementing with vitamins and minerals isn't a bad idea.
These will help your muscles repair, recover and become stronger.