What to Eat Before, During, and After a Workout

Get tips on what kids and adults should eat before, during, and after the game.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
4-minute read
Episode #96

Tip #5: Calories Still Matter

Exercise burns calories, of course. But a lot of people seem to think that calories eaten before, during, and after an athletic activity are all simply cancelled out by the fact that some exercise was involved.  In fact, they still count.

One of the reasons that so many kids are overweight these days is that they are consuming too many calories and burning too few. Getting them into sports is a great way to adjust that balance in the right direction—unless unfettered pre- and post-game snacking means that they end up eating five calories for every one they burn out there.

To find out how many calories kids need to support healthy growth—and to fuel their athletic endeavors, check out the calculator on NutritionData.com

Also the Get-Fit Guy did an episode on sports nutrition with some more great tips on what athletes of any age should eat to get the most out of their workouts.

If you have a nutrition question for me, send an email to nutrition@quickanddirtytips.com or post it on my Nutrition Diva Facebook Page. If tweeting is more your thing, I also have a handy little Twitter account. 

You can also search the archives using the search box at the top of the page. There’s a good chance I might have already answered your question in a previous article.

Have a great week and remember to eat something good for me!


What to Eat Before and After Exercise (Get Fit Guy)

Calorie Calculator (Nutrition Data.com)

Online Guide to Eating For Sports (For kids and teens)

Feeding the Young Athlete by Cynthia Lair (Amazon.com)


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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.