Should You Eat Before a Workout?

Eating before working out
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The topic of timing your food intake and your workouts is a pretty hot one, with lots of different opinions out there about whether or not you should eat before working out, and if you do, what you should eat, and exactly when that should be. So we’re here to share some generally agreed-upon best practices.

So, should you eat before a workout? Well, it really depends on several factors, such as when you’re eating, what you’re eating, what activity you’re doing, and your own body’s responses.

For example, if you’re about to walk out of the door for a sprinting workout, you probably won’t want to gobble down a cheeseburger.

But if it’s half an hour before your strength workout, eating fruit or whole grains can be a great way to increase your performance and give you the energy to get through your workout.

But, most importantly of all, if your body doesn’t respond well to having any food in your stomach when you work out, don’t do it. Listening to yourself and your own body’s cues is more important than anything.

Finally, we do want to mention that studies show that eating or not eating before a workout doesn’t have any impact on fat loss, so doing fasted cardio just to try to lose more weight isn’t recommended.