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Should You Eat Before or After a Workout?

Does eating before a workout make exercise more efficient? Does eating after make you lose more weight? Nutrition Diva discovers the truth

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,

To get the most out of your workout, you don’t want a lot of food in your stomach but you don’t want to be running on empty either. The best time to work out is two to four hours after eating, depending on how large a meal you’ve eaten.  If you work out first thing in the morning, a piece of fruit or glass of juice will give you energy for a workout without weighing you down.

After you exercise, your muscles will be hungry for protein and carbohydrates. To enhance your recovery, eat a snack or small meal containing some protein within two hours of working out.

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