Best Diet to Get in Shape with High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workouts
There is no question that high-Intensity interval (HIIT) training is the rage and that its benefits are widely known. When you demand a lot from your body, you also have to give a lot. In order to have the energy to undertake an intense total-body workout, you have to provide your body with the energy it needs and that can be accomplished by eating a healthy diet.
In order to obtain maximum results from any workout plan, especially high-intensity interval training (HIIT), it’s important that exercise enthusiasts follow a well-rounded nutrition program that includes: lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and carbohydrates. In order for the body to utilize the energy it needs, it’s important to have nutrients readily available in the amounts needed. Consuming enough calories in the correct forms will allow your body to access the energy it needs when it needs it. But it is also important that exercise enthusiasts stay well-hydrated, before, during and after workouts.
HIIT workouts are exactly that; they are workouts that are intense and expend a lot of energy. Because of that, the body needs to be ready by supplying the nutrients it needs when it needs them. For days and hours before each workout, healthy eating is advisable. A few hours before a workout, concentrate on easily digestible carbs and protein in a 3:1 ratio respectively. Try to stay clear of high fiber foods such as raw or cooked vegetables because they can cause abdominal cramps. Also, stay away from excessive amounts of fat and protein as it takes 3-4 hours to digest them. It’s just as important to eat enough before a workout as it is to not eat too much. Eating too little will leave you without enough energy to complete your workout while eating too much might leave you feeling sick and weak. You don’t want your body concentrating on the digestion of food rather than providing the energy you require, and you don’t want to be in the middle of a workout and have to use the bathroom because of stomach cramps. Some easily digestible foods that provide relatively quick energy include:
- White bread, or bagel – are easily digestible and provide quick energy.
- Lean chicken, or fish, pork or beef – provide both protein and fat which help stave off hunger during workouts.
- Fruit – Eating a small piece of fruit, will have just enough sugar to provide your body with quick energy before and during the workout.
- Probiotic filled Yogurt – The sugar, protein, carbohydrates, and the probiotics help in digestion and replacing bad bacteria common in the digestive tract.
- Seeds and Nuts – provide healthy fats, protein, and a small amount of fiber.
- Water – is necessary for so many reasons, such as helping to flush out waste from the body and to keep it cool and prevent overheating.
After HIIT workouts, it is important to replace the glycogen, vitamins, minerals, and water we lose during exercise. Within two hours after working out, less if you feel hungry or weak, eat a meal that contains carbohydrates, protein, and sugar. Stick to the same types of foods that you eat before the workout and eat only enough to satisfy your appetite. Eating too much can cause cramping and abdominal discomfort. Don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking water. Drink only what your body demands and don’t gulp it. It’s better to drink small amounts frequently rather than large amounts less often.
It’s important that you maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet each and every day. But it’s unrealistic to think that we will be able to eat healthy one-hundred percent of the time. People lead busy lives and don’t always have time to prepare healthy meals. But eating healthy most of the time is possible by simply planning ahead and carefully choosing the foods we eat, even if we occasionally find ourselves eating at fast food restaurants. Eating a wide variety of healthy foods, with a healthy diet in mind, is important to help maintain a healthy mind and body and essential in providing the energy required to do any high-intensity interval training. Just keep in mind that for HIIT workouts, a healthy diet helps build a strong, healthy body.