Ask the Trainer: Pre and Post-Workout Eating
Question: I’ve heard I should eat before and after a workout. Do you have any tips on what should I be eating, and is there a “magic” formula as to when I should eat it?
Answer: It is equally important to eat before and after each workout. Your body uses food for fuel. My recommendation is to eat a meal 1-2 hours before you work out with mainly carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, or fruits. If you are rushed to get energy before a workout, I recommend a small glass of orange or apple juice to get your blood sugar elevated so you don’t crash or get dizzy during your workout. Post-workout it is very important to get your insulin levels optimal and to repair your muscle. The general rule is a ratio of 4 grams of carbohydrates to 1 gram of protein. It is essential to get this meal in within about an hour post-workout. Other than this there is no “magic” formula. However, these are probably the two most important meals during the day when you are exercising.