By Eric Hal Schwartz
If you want to succeed in the gym, it might be best to start and end your workout in the kitchen.
Scheduling meals and snacks around your fitness schedule can make a big difference in how you feel during a workout, and how much you benefit from it afterward.
"Nutrient timing is very important," said Dr. Shawn Arent, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Rutgers University. "You can’t get the most out of working out without [paying attention to your] diet,"Arent said.
"You don’t need a specific diet for regular exercise," as long as you’re eating healthily, said Dr. Ben Zhou, director of the Health and Physical Fitness Testing Center at California State University Dominguez Hills. But even when eating healthy food, it’s important to keep an eye on portion size, especially for those with specific fitness goals, he said.