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Monday, June 26, 2017
Exercise and Fitness
IS it better to eat before you work out or after you work out?
To specifically answer your question, I would need to know what time you are working out, how long you will be working out, and the type of activity you will be performing. However, in general, a small meal or snack will help prevent fatigue. Other tips include: Eat familiar foods before an event; Choose foods rich in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, and low in fat; Avoid sugary foods right before exercise; Allow plenty of time for food to digest (3-4 hours for a large meal, 2-3 hours for a smaller meal, and 1-2 hours for a snack). Lastly, don`t forget fluids. Up to two hours before an event, drink at least 16 oz. of fluid; five to ten minutes before an event, drink 4-8 oz. of fluid. During exercise, drink 8 oz. of fluid every 15-20 minutes and drink two cups fluid for every pound lost after exercising.
Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati