You're finally here! You have your mind set on beginning your workout and now all you have to decide on is a pre-workout meal. No need to fret because, with oats as an option, you're all set!
We spoke to Mr Raghav Gupta, Founder of Oateo Oats to know more about the benefits of having oats as a pre-workout meal and here's what he had to say,
Oats are increasingly used by many celebrities and highly recommended by fitness experts to eat or as a smoothie to drink before exercise. This can improve your workout to be longer and more efficient. While oats can lift your spirits and make you proactive for the long day, here are some more reasons why oats are the best pre-workout meal you can eat.
1. Easy To Make
Cooked in water or skim milk, adding a touch of honey, oats is one of the simplest breakfast foods that can be made with a two-step recipe and is beneficial to all age groups.
2. Good For Weight Loss
Not only are oats a delicious breakfast food, but it is also incredibly nutritious and filling. Bellying up to a bowl of oatmeal before a workout will help you eat fewer calories and lose weight.
3. Boosts Energy Levels
Protein-packed, full of fibre and low on fat, oatmeal is the perfect food for sustained release. Being rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron and manganese will fuel your energy for a short or even a lengthy workout.
4. Controls Blood Sugar
Oats are unique in that they contain a specific type of fibres called beta-glucan. The beta-glucan in oats reduces high cholesterol and stabilises blood sugar levels.
5. Reduces Hypertension & Heart Disease
Rolled oats are a good choice to regulate diastolic and systolic blood pressure. As exercise falls heavy on the heart, it should be noted that cosying up to a warm bowl of oatmeal is good for your body and will protect your heart.
6. Builds Muscles & Bones
Proteins found in oats are the building blocks of your muscles. Consuming a sufficient quantity of protein will help maintain and promote muscle mass during your workout. Oats also have a long history in the treatment of various skin conditions. So while you feel good on the inside, why not look good on the outside too!
CHO is an alliteration for C (carbohydrates and H2O (water), both important for physical activity to provide energy. Making sure of CHO in your pre-workout meal will push your body to elevate your efficiency.
8. Settles Well
The fibre-packed outer layer of the oat grain improves digestion. Along with being associated with weight loss and better quality of life, this superfood will not leave you bloated and groggy after a meal.
9. Enhances Immune System
The special beta-glucan in addition to neutrophils improves the immune system and including oatmeal in your pre-workout meal can eliminate infections and assists your body to fight diseases more easily.
10. Additional Toppings & Combinations
Oats are versatile and while the traditional way to consume them is oatmeal, there are many other ways to include oats into your pre-workout diet. The most favourable way to use oats is to bulk up your protein smoothie. Or perhaps, a batch of pre-made oats cookies or muffins?
Adding fruits, yoghurt and natural sweeteners can liven up your oatmeal to its full potential. Drinking adequate water during and after exercise is the best way to replace fluids. Keeping all of this in mind and knowing you have trusty oats to back you up, you now have your chow down and are ready to crush those burpees!
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