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What to eat before training

Updated: Feb 10, 2018

Your body is your vehicle, so you have to keep your engine running when you work out.

It's of utmost importance that you fuel up your body by eating the right foods and drinking the right fluids, in the right amounts at the right times.

“Not fueling up before you work out is like “driving a car on empty,” said Platt, an American Heart Association volunteer. You also won’t have enough energy to maximize your workout and you limit your ability to burn calories." 

The American College of Sports Medicine says, “Adequate food and fluid should be consumed before, during, and after exercise to help maintain blood glucose concentration during exercise, maximize exercise performance, and improve recovery time. Athletes should be well hydrated before exercise and drink enough fluid during and after exercise to balance fluid losses.”

Ideally, fuel up two hours before you exercise by :

  • Hydrating with water.

  • Eating healthy carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereals (with low-fat, skim milk, soy milk, rice milk, almond milk ect.), whole-wheat toast, low-fat or fat-free yogurt, whole grain pasta, brown rice, fruits and vegetables.

  • Avoiding saturated fats and even a lot of healthy protein — because these types of fuels digest slower in your stomach and take away oxygen and energy-delivering blood from your muscles. 

If you only have 5-10 minutes before you exercise, eat a piece of fruit such as an apple or banana ... a date is the king of last minute energising fruits - by simply eating 1 date before you work out you will be sure to last an additional 30-60 minutes - guaranteed.

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