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.

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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