Leyon Azubuike, the personal trainer of Jennifer Aniston and co-owner of Gloveworx, advises thinking about treating your body right all the time. He says do not think about fueling in terms of what you eat before working out.
He often recommends getting plenty of sleep (six to seven hours or more), eating nutrient-rich foods, which include healthy carbs, protein, and green leafy and bright colorful vegetables. More importantly, he recommends staying hydrated.
Azubuike told Women’s Health, “The common misconception about hydration is that you should wait until you’re thirsty, and then drink until you’re full. But if you pound water right before your workout, you’ll just feel heavy and full and sluggish the entire time.” Instead, he suggests, “Plan ahead…like, way ahead As in, you should be drinking water consistently throughout the days leading up to your workout.”
As far as food is concerned, Azubuike encourages Jennifer to go for healthy fats. He said, “I love avocados, coconut oil, salmon, fish oil – anything that’s a good form of fat is great.”
For carbs and protein, he stated, “For me, I stick to 1.7 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein per my kilo weight to support muscle-building.”
He said about an hour prior to activity, “I’ll go for a scoop of peanut butter, half a banana, and some bread. I know that’s going to help me get me through that run. When my body needs to tap into a fuel source, that’s going to get me there.”
He added, “It takes trial and error to see what works best.” Azubuike’s believes in keeping a fitness journal. He said, “Write down how certain foods you ate make you feel during a workout. And also journal what days you mentally weren’t checked in as well, and why, in case that made an impact. Maybe it’s because you didn’t sleep well, it was rainy outside, etc.”