If you’ve tried traditional pre-workout powders in the past, you know they can surely pump you up for a killer workout, but there’s also a number of side-effects that come with it.
The tingling, the jitters, the crash, trouble sleeping, and yes, even addiction. Many people become dependent on these powders and consume them before a workout even if they aren’t lacking energy.
Are Pre-workouts healthy?
While this may not seem like a harmful habit, a look at the ingredients list will prove you wrong. Some of the chemicals include: excess caffeine, arginine, niacin, beta-alanine, artificial sweeteners like sucralose and sugar alcohol, and artificial colors and dyes.
As someone who is working out to improve their health, it’s counterintuitive to consume these substances before a workout.
So what’s the solution?
We all know that drinking coffee will give us temporary energy at the least. Maybe you can get by with a cup of black coffee, but adding healthy fats to your coffee before a workout has a number of benefits depending on a couple of factors:
When You Workout
Personally, a morning workout works best, as it is part of a morning routine. Alongside brushing my teeth and practicing gratitude, working out has become as normal a routine as personal hygiene. Making exercise a non-negotiable before starting my day ensures I always make time for myself.
As a staple in my routine, it’s one less decision I have to make for whether I am going to do it or not. Another non-negotiable… coffee! That’s why I love upgrading my coffee to include healthy fats with PowerCreamer so it doubles as a great pre-workout supplement.
The energy I get from the MCTs and the satiety I feel from the healthy fats powers my movement and focus to complete a fulfilling workout. With zero carbs or sugar, a PowerLatte will not spike your blood sugar or “break” your fast. Meaning, your body will remain in a fat-burning state after waking.
This is important because of the major benefits of a fasted workout. With low morning insulin levels and glycogen storage depleted, your body will turn to another source of energy: your stored fat.
Benefits of Fasted Workouts:
- burn stored fat instead of glycogen (stored carbs)
- deliver large amounts of oxygen to your muscles because the body is not preoccupied with digesting a pre-workout meal
If you can’t find a way to workout in the morning, you can still reap the benefits of a fasted workout in the afternoon or evening. Simply time your workouts to allow 4-6 hours of digestion after your last meal and blend PowerCreamer with decaf coffee to ensure you don’t inhibit your sleep.
How You Workout
High-intensity workouts on a completely empty stomach may cause fatigue or declined performance, ultimately sacrificing muscle. If you’re someone who feels the need to eat before a workout, a PowerLatte will provide the energy you need without making you feel “weighed down”, which often occurs after eating a meal.
Why PowerCreamer is the Solution
PowerCreamer’s shelf-stability and portability make it a convenient on-the-go solution when traveling from home or work, straight to the gym. With three healthy sources of energy combined into one bottle, it takes less than 10 seconds to blend up a pre-workout drink.
Ditch the harmful powders laden with toxic ingredients and opt for an all-natural addition to your existing coffee routine.