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What should I eat before exercise?

What should I eat before exercise?

In general, a light snack one hour before exercise

Choose a snack that is:

    • 100-200 calories
    • High in carbohydrates
      Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy during exercise.
    • Low in fat
      A snack high in fat can delay complete digestion and may cause stomach discomfort during exercise.
    • Low in fiber
      Too much fiber may cause stomach discomfort during your workout, especially if you’re not used to it.

A sample pre-exercise snack is 1 medium apple and ½ cup of non-fat yogurt. This snack contains 170 calories, 35 grams (g) of carbohydrates, 4g of fiber and less than 1g of fat.

Sources:
American College of Sports Medicine, American Dietetic Association, Dietitians of Canada (2009). Joint Position Statement: Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise. 42;3:709-739



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