What & When to Eat Pre and Post-Workout

  • April 15, 2012

If you are heading to do a workout and wondering if you need to bring an energy bar with you, you should consider the type of workout you will be performing first. Any workouts over 2 hours should include some sort of energy replacement during the activity, but if it’s anything less- there is no need. As you workout, you deplete your muscle glycogen storage.

Instead after your workout is over, remember to refill your empty tank by eating protein within 30 minutes after a workout. Never drink a protein shake before your workout. Protein is digested more slowly than carbs, so too much pre-workout can give you stomach cramps. Have them afterward instead.


Exercise on an Empty Stomach: This forces your body to break down its own muscle mass and convert it into blood sugar.

Avoid Overusing Energy Bars: Too many of these and you might “eat back” the calories you burned exercising.

Not Eating Enough “Good” Fat: The right kinds of fats are needed for your cells to heal and repair post workout.

Buying Into the Afterburn Myth: You will indeed burn more calories in the hours after a workout — but for most it amounts to just 50 additional calories burned, not enough for a calorie splurge.

The original article, “5 Diet Mistakes That Prevent Workout Results ” can be viewed at Mercola.com.

For any further questions regarding this article, chiropractic, exercise, nutrition, massage and physical therapy, consult Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C. at Azul Wellness in Brickell.


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Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C.