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

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

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.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.