Get Real Energy by Fueling With Carbohydrates

If you fuel with caffeine, you're setting yourself up for a crash later. Find lasting energy by fueling up with carbohydrates.

 

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Want to take your workout to the next level? Try pre-fueling with carbohydrates.

When you fuel up with energy drinks that are loaded with supplements, additives and caffeine, you may get a jolt of energy, but you're not getting carbohydrates to fuel your muscles. "Carbohydrates are the body's primary source of fuel for muscle contraction," says Kim Stein, senior principal scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

Stein recommends fueling up with about 100 calories of easily digested, fast-acting carbohydrates about 15 minutes before your workout. Learn more and find a list of recommended pre-workout foods at STACK.com.


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