Any physical exercise requires an energy expenditure that needs to be c compensated for. Energy bars, as well as energy gels, cater for this need. Their composition is usually designed to meet the body's needs before, during or after exercise. Therefore, the choice of a bar will depend on the type of effort and/or the moment of consumption.
When to use an energy bar?
It is interesting to use an energy bar before training, particularly when this training occurs a long time before or after a meal. The objective of a workout is to be as efficient as possible in order to allow some improvement.
If you start your training session with low energy reserves, you will not be able to achieve maximum efficiency.
The goal of this pre-workout period is to get carbohydrates to fill up your energy reserves.
During workout, the nutritional objectives are to compensate for the water and energy losses. Bars meet these energy needs, and should be used in combination with fluid intake. The choice of a bar will depend on the objective and the type of activity. If your objective is to deal with suddent tiredness, I would recommend fruit jellies or else nougats. If your objective is to keep your energy reserves stable in order to sustain long efforts, I recommend cereal-based bars such as cereal bars or ultra bar.
During the recovery phase, the objectives are multiple:
- Compensating for water, energy and mineral losses,
- Helping muscles recover.
Protein bars combined with proper hydration will fully meet these needs. They contain high amounts of carbohydrates to supplement energy reserves, and proteins to promote muscle recovery.