Fitness Expert & Personal Trainer Daniel Malveaux
Question: When do i eat before exercise?
The foods you eat before you exercise and the timing of your meals or snacks really does matter. You don't want to have a full stomach when you work out, but you don't want to be hungry either. If you eat a large meal just before you exercise, you may experience nausea, feel sluggish or end up with muscle cramps. This happens because your body needs energy to digest the foods you eat so blood flow increases to your digestive system, leaving less energy-providing blood for muscles.
Exercising on an empty stomach isn't good either. Skipping meals before exercising can cause low blood sugar, which can make you to feel weak and light-headed. You also need some energy in the form of the right types of food to properly fuel your work out. Eating a light meal before exercise may actually increase your fat-burning potential.