Should you eat before you exercise? Nutritionists say the answer is yes — if you want to get the most out of whatever activity you are participating in. As the driving force of physical activity, your body relies on carbohydrates -for energy. Hard core athletes risk hitting the wall if they don’t fuel their bodies, but even for those who work out more casually, eating before a workout still matters. By grabbing a small meal or snack before an activity, you can keep your blood sugar stabilized and prevent both physical and mental fatigue.
If you’ve got a bit of time before your activity — let’s say between one and three hours, then plan to have a mixture of carbohydrates and protein – Maybe a slice of whole grain bread, a small bowl of cereal, and a piece of fruit, or a starchy vegetable.
If you have to eat one hour or less before exercise, then reduce your portions, switch to the easiest-to-digest carbs and keep fat and fibre to a minimum– both are slow to digest. Try a slice of bread with a scraping of peanut or almond butter, a small container of yogourt and a half to one banana, or a small bowl of cereal or oatmeal with milk or soy milk. A word of caution here: Be careful with fruit, which can cause stomach upset for some and only use milk if you know you tolerate it well.