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What to Eat Before You Work Out

Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results


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  • Literally it upsets my stomach if I eat before I workout.

    my stomach cramps up, then i have to stop, and go take care biz. - 7/27/2009 11:01:36 AM
    I use to excercise on an empty stomach to avoid cramps and I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting any results. Now I eat a piece of fruit or half a bagel with peanut butter while I am warming 5:30 am. I am glad someone clued me into this trick and guess what? No Cramps..hmmm..who knew? - 7/20/2009 1:15:54 PM
  • I find that my workout goes better if I have eaten something light within 2 hours of my workout, but have exercised first thing in the morning with no food and had a good workout. I do know that I am definitely hungrier AFTER my cardio or strength, and I usually try to plan ahead to what I will eat or I am likely to grab something I shouldn't. - 5/14/2009 5:23:16 PM
  • I like the idea. I think it will really help me on this hard journey of losing weight and get back in shape. - 5/8/2009 2:26:23 AM
  • I have to say that I've never been a big banana fan, but really having a banana before I head out the door for a run has proven the most convenient thing. It keeps my energy up and I'm not crazy ravenous when I walk back in the door. I follow my workouts with a balance of carbs and protein: oatmeal and a yogurt or high-fiber, whole grain cereal with milk. I might try to up my post-workout protein intake after reading this. Maybe keep some hardboiled eggs in the fridge. (Just eat the egg whites, of course!) Overall, great info and lots of new ideas! - 5/2/2009 11:27:29 PM
    Great article. I I exercise starting at 5:30 or 6 :30 am. (If I don't do it soon after I wake up it does not get done). I use my wii fit or exercise DVDs on weekdays for 30 minutes to 1 hour. I felt guilty when I didn't feel hungry prior to exercise. I thought I must force myself to eat something. I make a 1/2 scoop protein, 1/2 cup yogurt and fresh frozen fruit shake in the morning , mmm mm good.. I feel so full in the morning and now save the shake for after exercise. Some days I will drink the whole shake afterwards and sometimes I drink some after exercise and put the rest in a mug and finish the rest after I arrive at work. - 3/21/2009 10:34:41 AM
  • I have a 1/4 c. of oatmeal before my workout, and follow up my workout with a protein such as cottage cheese and grapes or yogurt with whey protein powder and granola. - 1/23/2009 11:41:03 PM
    I work out at 5:30 AM. I found that I had to have something before working out or I would get very sick and shaky about half an hour into my workout. But eating food at 5 AM was not appealing. I finally solved the dilemma by purchasing a shaker cup and shaking up a scoop of protein shake with a cup of milk or soy milk to drink before I head out the door. That seems to tide me over without weighing me down. - 1/23/2009 10:31:02 PM
  • i usually eat before working out.

    most days i have a bowl of kashi vanilla oatmeal and hour before or light string cheese. - 1/23/2009 3:07:35 PM
  • The whole blood sugar thing definitely affects me. I have to have a small meal of some sort before working out. Usually a piece of whole wheat toast and an egg does the trick. It doesn't 'stick' in my stomach and keeps the dizziness and fainting away. - 1/23/2009 9:20:18 AM
  • I drink water all day long but if I eat less than two hours before a workout then it never fails -midway thru the workout -I have to stop and - oh nevermind...

    Prefer eating after a workout and not before... - 1/23/2009 7:29:00 AM
  • After doing some research and starting a fitness routine, I felt guilty for not eating prior to my 5:30AM workouts. Now, I know it's okay to eat AFTER and that I'm not breaking any fitness laws! - 1/23/2009 5:56:53 AM
  • I usually eat before I exercise to give myself energy and to burn up calories. I eat whatever is on my plan that day. Sometimes its fruit, veggies or some protein. Smoothies with an energy boost are GREAT! too - 1/23/2009 12:53:31 AM
  • I work out @ 6a.m. I always stuggle with not eating and feeling tired or eating too much and feeling too full during my workout. I usually just do what my body is telling me. If I need a little pick me up, I will eat yogurt or a cereal bar before I work out. I also carry cereal bars with me to the gym just in case I start feeling my energy level dropping. - 12/28/2008 12:02:34 PM
    I exercise an hour after dinner, and don't eat anything after that. My diabetes doesn't factor into it at all, of course I'm keeping that in check by eating low carb. Never had the issues described here, and I do 60 minutes of cardio every night ( and often dp an extra 1.5 mile walk in the afternoon hours after eating) - 12/15/2008 8:53:39 AM

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