When’s The Best Time To Eat Before You Workout?

When’s The Best Time To Eat Before You Workout

If you eat too much before your workout—or too soon before it—you won’t have digested your snack by the time you start moving. And unfortunately, since both your digestive system and your muscles need blood to function properly, they’ll end up competing for it. As you get into your workout, your muscles will win out and require more blood, pulling it away from your digestive tract. That’s why you feel pain in your gut when you start to workout too close to breakfast or snack time.

On the flip side, if you don’t eat enough before your workout—or it’s been too long since your last meal—you can expect an energy crash. Blood-sugar levels drop during the first 15 or 20 minutes of a workout, which can lead to tiredness, dizziness, or even fainting.

The fix? There are two ways to go. The first is to eat a small, 100 to 200 calorie snack about half an hour before your workout. It should be easy-to-digest carbohydrates like fruit, a bagel, or an energy bar. The other option is to eat a nutritionally balanced meal one or two hours before you start exercising. This should have about 60 percent carbohydrates to keep your blood-sugar and energy levels stable during your workout and 25 to 35 percent protein to help muscles recover after you exercise.

And lastly, don’t forget to stay hydrated pre-workout; you should have 500 to 600ml of water about one to two hours before you lace up and get sweaty!!

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