Eating Before Exercise

Kayla Skaggs

Is eating before you exercise good?

You should always eat something before exercising so your body has enough fuel to power through your workout. The rationale behind this widely accepted myth is that forgoing food before exercise will force your body to burn more fat during your workout.Typically, if you have less than 45 minutes before your workout, your body will do best with simple carbohydrates like fruit or fruit juice. However, you may find that you do well with a bowl of plain, steel-cut oats with raisins and cinnamon. It's OK if there is some protein and fat in the pre-workout meal, but neither will raise your blood sugar and give you the energy your body requires for each muscle contraction. Better to swirl a tablespoon of peanut butter in your oatmeal or smear it on a piece of toast with some banana to make sure you get your carbohydrates.
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