2. Salmon


Salmon is packed with high quality protein, which, while generally not used as energy during your workout, helps support and repair muscle growth.

Salmon also comes packing a heavy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which have an effect on metabolism and help promote weight loss. This is partly due to the hormone leptin. Leptin controls your metabolism and the amount of fat you burn. Therefore, adding omega-3s to your diet may increase your metabolism through the increased levels of leptin.

As I mentioned before, the main source of energy during exercise is carbohydrates, but you’ll need proteins to help repair and grow tissue that has been broken down during the workout. So it helps to consume protein both before and after exercise to ensure adequate consumption over time. Simply packing in protein only after your workout isn’t good enough because your body can only absorb so much protein at once.