What to Eat Before, During, and After Exercise

Is there an ideal meal to eat before exercise?

You need quality carbs, lean protein, heart-healthy fats, and fluids.

Your muscles rely on carbohydrate foods like breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables for quick energy.

You need protein for your muscles and for your blood cells, which bring nutrients and oxygen to your muscles.

You also need fluids, or your body will have a hard time performing at its best.

There’s no one meal that you need to eat before working out. Instead, focus on these 5 things:

  1. Low fat
  2. Moderate in carbs and protein
  3. Low fiber
  4. Includes fluids
  5. Made up of familiar foods that you tolerate well

A grilled chicken sandwich or a slice of cheese pizza might fit the pregame meal description, but stay clear of the fried food (including french fries), greasy burgers, and soft drinks.

Also, a pregame meal isn’t the time to try a new food.

woman with fruits rejecting junk food

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