What to Eat Before and After a Workout, According to a Expert

Workouts

Carbs are good.

Carbs = energy. When we eat them, they break down into glucose, enter our muscle cells, and give us fuel to exercise at our maximum capacity. Your muscles store glucose in the form of glycogen, and dip into these reserves when you’re putting them to work. Eating carbs before you exercise ensures that you’ll have extra glucose on hand if you need it to replenish those glycogen stores. If you’re strapped for glucose during your workout, you’ll likely feel weak, tired, and tempted to call it quits and take a nap. Before a workout, it’s good to eat simple carbohydrates, because they are digested fast and provide quick energy.

Examples include:

  • a granola bar
  • a piece of fruit
  • oatmeal
  • Greek yogurt (this contains carbs and protein)
  • dried fruit
  • crackers
  • a rice cake
  • a piece of toast

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