Most people understand that having a solid pre-workout meal is a basic necessity for having the energy required to have an optimal training session, at least…I hope! You can’t expect your body to perform at its peak if you don’t give it the nutrients it needs to use for the task, right? However, where things get interesting is what you decide to choose to feed your body before this important event. Common advice would tell you that loading up on carbohydrates is a sure way to give your body the energy it will need to keep you going. After all, they can be used by the body rather quickly and give you a constant stream of energy. Nonetheless, they’re not the only source of energy optimal for a pre-workout meal.
Fats are a hidden gem that can also provide you with the energy you need to hit the gym at maximum intensity. If they’re in charge of testosterone, they have to be good for something, right? They’re hardly discussed, however, mainly due to the wars waged by the media on fats over the past decades (which are largely untrue). Then again, things tend to be overshadowed when they’re made to be the scapegoat for a powerful conglomerate, but to brush up on some of the important facts about fats, check out Good Fats – Bad Fats .
Some people already use them as a great source of energy [Keto]. Those who follow the fat loss diet that tries to lower carbohydrate intake next to zero rely on fats as their primary energy source. Since they’re lowering their total caloric intakes in hopes of losing fat, their energy levels may not be an ideal way to test the true validity of fats as a pre-workout meal, but it certainly helps prove the point. There is no better way to know, however, than to try it yourself.
Even if you only give it a go for a workout or two, it’s worth a shot because you never know what the results may be. Perhaps you respond better to fats than carbohydrates as an energy source, but you’ve been using the latter without acknowledging the former? That’s the possibility this article is attempting to test! As they say, different strokes for different folks. You may be a fat-responder, you may be a carbohydrate-responder (in terms of which one is most effective), it’s up to you to find out what works best for a pre-workout meal. Good Luck!