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Should I eat before I work out?

Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
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Eating before working out depends on many factors. One consideration is the length and duration of the workout. A prolonged workout of hours may necessitate the ingestion of food both before and sometimes during the workout. If you are planning a standard workout of an hour or so, you will likely have sufficient enough stores that you will not require a meal beforehand. However, everyone's body is different. If you are going to eat before a workout, it is best to give yourself one to two hours to allow for digestion of the food. Foods high in carbohydrates and low in protein are easier to digest in the short term. Experiment with eating before workouts. If you are able to do so without causing stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or discomfort, then it is fine to eat before the workout.
National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine
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Yes. Your body needs fuel to maintain energy levels, focus, and body temperature. A good well rounded meal will take care of this. Remember the timing of the meal will be individual. Some people workout well right after their last bite, and some people need a little time to let the meal digest. A good rule of thumb is to let your meal sit about 30 minutes before exercising.

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