TIP: Should I try “ dry scooping ”?
I’m trying to get in shape and I’ve heard of this trend called dry eating. The idea of eating dry powder doesn’t really appeal to me, I usually just drink a cup of coffee before a workout, but maybe protein powder would be better? Can you provide some suggestions on what to eat before and after a workout?
Signed, Getting in Shape
Dear Getting in Shaping,
Turns out the dry pickup truck has as much scientific basis as the Tide Pod challenge.
The dry eating craze, which has gone viral on social media, involves self-proclaimed fitness professionals eating protein powders without first diluting them in water or other liquids. People have confirmed that it increases energy levels and leads to more effective workouts. But medical experts not only refute these claims, they also argue that dry pickups are unsafe and come with their own health risks. A woman who ate a protein powder before a workout may have had a heart attack, an experience she documented on TikTok.
One of those dangerous online challenge
Dry Scooping is one of those dangerous online challenges: People have eaten allergy pills, colorful laundry detergent packets, and spoons of ground cinnamon, all in an attempt to get the attention of Internet users. These viral tendencies have caused everything from hallucinations, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting to increased blood pressure, heart problems and even death.
Increase your energy levels
Instead of eating dry protein powder, you can safely increase your energy levels and get the most out of your workouts by eating the right foods before and after exercise. The link between nutrition and athletic performance is well established, with researchers suggesting that a proper diet can improve your results. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to reap the benefits of good nutrition – you just need to know what to eat when.
One to four hours before a workout
Before exercising, Ngai recommends eating one to four hours before a workout to make sure food is digested properly. If you are on a more intense routine, choose foods that are high in carbohydrates and protein. According to Ngai, a slice of toast with peanut butter or a banana with a few nuts or seeds are healthy options. And if you are short on time and eat an hour or two before your workout, you can choose foods with less fiber and less fat. This will help you feel energized during exercise, as foods high in fiber are digested more slowly and can cause bloating and gas. You may not need to eat a snack if you exercise lightly, such as walking, jogging around the block, or biking in your neighborhood.
Eat bread, milk, and bananas
Ngai also recommends eating within 30 minutes of your workout – foods like bread, milk, bananas, apples, and oranges can help replenish your glycogen stores so your body restore itself. In addition to drinking enough water before and after a workout, Ngai recommends consuming enough protein during the day rather than just drinking it directly after a workout. Eat 15 to 25 grams of protein with every snack or meal and include that within a few hours of exercising, she says.
Your new healthy lifestyle and new fitness habits.
Ultimately, when it comes to getting in shape, quick fixes don’t lead to lasting results. Medically approved sleep, nutrition, and exercise can help you safely return to your new healthy lifestyle and new fitness habits.