Eating Before I Workout

Many times here in the fitness center, we encounter users who have forgone eating any food prior to their workout.  While this is not always the case, many times the failure to eat prior to exercise has perilous consequences.  Over the years, we have had more than a few users pass out while exercising.  When they come to, the first question that is often asked is this: “What did you have to eat before you exercised today?”  The answer is always:

“NOTHING.”

As you can see from what is described above, eating prior to exercise is really important.  There has been a myth that has perpetuated through the exercise world that not eating prior to a workout means that you would burn for fat.  This could not be further from the truth.

Sugar

These days, sugar is often looked at as the enemy.  Sure, eating large amounts of your favorite candy isn’t a good thing (everything in moderation, right?), but your body DOES need sugar in order to have readily available energy to power you through your workout. When you don’t have sugar in your bloodstream, your body will turn to protein to produce the energy needed to get through.  That’s not a good thing, because that energy comes from your muscles.  We want to build muscle, not destroy it.

Energy In = Energy Out

Your body needs energy to power you through that workout.  That energy comes from blood sugar. Working out without eating is like trying to drive your car when it’s on empty.  At that point, you are running on fumes.  When those fumes are depleted, your blood sugar level drops, leaving you sluggish and dizzy.  Not good things when you are trying to run 8mph on the treadmill.

Light and Powerful

A simple snack about 30-45 minutes prior to exercise will do the trick. Aim for something that has a balance of carbohydrates and protein and you will have your engine running for a great workout!