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Energized Workouts

1. Eat a Balanced Diet: Carbs, Protein, Fat

Complex carbs, lean proteins, healthy fats. Your body needs all of these macronutrients to work at its best.

Complex carbs like whole grains, vegetables and fruits provide your body with energy. That’s pretty straight-forward. Carbs = energy. So if you are following the very trendy low-carb diet, make sure that you don’t cut them out completely.

Proteins like fish, chicken and eggs provide the amino acids that your body needs to build and repair muscle and produce enzymes and hormones. Eating protein helps to keep you satisfied throughout the day.

Healthy fats, like avocados, nut butters and olive oil, aid metabolism, provide padding for your organs and bones and aid in growth and reproduction.

A well-balanced plate, one with all three macronutrients on it, will keep your blood sugars stable and your energy up throughout the day.

2. Eat Often: Have a Balanced Meal Every 3-4 Hours

There is a myth floating around that skipping meals is the way to a leaner self. Not true.

You need to eat every 3-4 hours to keep your energy stable, your metabolism kicking, to prevent muscle loss and to fend off between-meal-munchies.

Take a look at your schedule and make time to eat.

If you workout in the morning, eat something small an hour before you hit the gym. If you work out after work, make sure you midday snack is a healthy, balanced meal to give you energy to make it to the gym and through a workout!

3. Avoid Processed Foods

Processed foods contain fake sugars, unhealthy fats, extra sodium and loads of additives that your body just does not need. Don’t eat them. Processed foods lack the nutrients that you get from whole, unprocessed, clean foods. You might get a quick buzz from the sugar overload but you’ll crash soon after.