You finally decided to go to a personal trainer to achieve those fitness goals that just seem out of reach. Personal trainers are supposed to help you, and so far it is working—you are seeing improvement in your workouts, feeling better, and looking better too! But there is still something that seems to be working against you.

It may be what you are eating and when. Even if you are on a diet, the best diet that every celebrity swears by, you can still be going about the diet all wrong. There is a time when you should eat certain foods and times you shouldn’t. And it is all based around your workout.

Before Your Workout

You want to eat foods that give you energy to keep going before your workout, something that fuels you. Exercising on an empty stomach can actually have negative effects on your fitness, so it is important to eat before. Complex carbohydrates will help your energy last the length of your workout. Here are some foods that are good to eat before you hit the gym:

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Peanut or almond butter
  • Multi-grain crackers
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Oatmeal with fresh fruit

These foods should help you have the energy to crush your workout and impress your personal trainer. Try eating some of these before your next gym session and see if you feel a difference!

After Your Workout

You will want to find something with protein and carbohydrates in it after your workout. Foods with these two things will help restore your muscles that were broken down during your tough exercises. Eating these foods will also help keep your metabolism burning even after your workout. You want to try getting some food into your body about half an hour to an hour after your gym session. The sooner, the better. Grab one of these foods after your workout to start rebuilding those muscles and getting the most out of your gym time:

  • Protein shake
  • Banana
  • Greek yogurt with granola
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables and quinoa
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate milk

Okay, chocolate milk doesn’t sound like something you want to immediately grab after a workout, but it is packed with protein and carbs, and people have been swearing by it lately. So give it a try! These foods should help your muscle refill their stores, helping you get more out of your next workout.

If you have any more questions about what to eat and what not to eat before and after a workout, just ask your personal trainer, they are there for more than just physical help. Try following these food guidelines to get the absolute most out of your workout!