Why You Should Eat Before You Workout

25 Jan

Pre-Workout-Meal[1]There are few, specific guidelines for eating before a workout (or practice, game, etc.).  The main purpose of a pre-workout meal is to provide fluid and energy for the athlete during his or her workout.

Research shows that training on an empty stomach is a bad strategy and can cause more harm than good. A pre-workout meal will help your body burn calories more efficiently before you even start working out. Eating foods containing simple sugars will reduce the amount of glycogen you use during exercise, which means you will be able to train for longer and prevent your immune system from being compromised.

According to a Journal of Strength and Conditioning study, working out on an empty stomach can actually cause muscle loss, if you do it on a regular basis. When you’re hungry, your body goes into survival mode and draws protein away from muscle, where it’s less crucial to survival, than from your kidneys and liver, where the body normally looks for protein. As a result, you lose muscle mass, which can, over time, suppress your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight.

Generally, a pre-workout snack or meal should be consumed 30-90 minutes prior to training.  For athletes participating in a competitive event, the recommendation is to eat 3-4 hours before the event to avoid becoming nauseated or uncomfortable during the game or practice.

Personal preference and food tolerance should be considered when selecting foods and beverages for your pre-workout meal.  Choose foods you like, and that you usually eat (a pre-game meal is not necessarily the time to try a new food).

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