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Should I eat before working out? If so, what should it be?

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The short answer would be, yes.

When you are about to expend energy, it would be ideal to have fuel for that process. I would also prefer to have fuel during the process (protein, high glycemic carb) assuming there are no dietary restrictions. Perfect world, your highest percentage of carb intake (energy resource) would be taken around your workout window.

Your own adherence will ultimately dictate what is good for you and what is not. If eating something before hand makes you sick then try eating a little bit earlier than normal or maybe get your calories/meal from a drink. I like having a full stomach when working out but I’ve never had issues with feeling nauseous. 

Along with protein (steady supply throughout the day), I like to have oats before working out. I feel a level amount of energy from the time I eat it that lasts through the duration of my workout. I’m afraid apples/bananas may give you a little sugar spike and crash. I have determined pasta for me, usually makes me want to take a nap instantly but my energy levels kick back up about 45-60 minutes after. With oatmeal, I never get that fluctuation or crash and thats why I would say that works best for me.

Most would probably have better workouts if they had some type of food. You may have to try a variety of different combinations to see what makes you feel 100% consistently.

This is another update to the “You Ask, I Answer” FAQ portion of the site

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Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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