Good Question

Jan 9, 2013 8:45 PM by John Reger

GQ: Is it better to eat before or after a workout?

A lot of you have made working out a New Year's resolution. That brought up this Good Question: Is it better to eat before or after a workout? Good Question.

Medical studies don't totally agree on the answer and neither do the 10 Central Coast trainers I checked with. The consensus is that the best way to maximize the effectiveness of your workout is to eat something small beforehand, and something afterward.

You should eat some carbohydrates at least a half hour before exercising so you can digest. Choose foods like a whole wheat bagel or toast, a banana, orange or orange juice or low fat yogurt. With fuel in your body you can work out longer and more rigorously and you'll stay sharp mentally.

Without eating, you risk developing low blood sugar (especially dangerous for diabetics) and your body burns muscle if it doesn't have fuel.

Some carbs and protein after your workout will help you and your muscles recover.

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