What to eat before doing exercise?

A common qeustions among sports enthusiasts is: what should I eat before, during, and after I do exercise? To answer these questions, we’d have to analyze each case specifically, to give a personalized answer. We are all different, after all. However, the good news is that there exist general patterns of nutrition that could help you know what to eat before exercise.

It’s important to remember that there are a lot of factors that can influence in what foods would be the best nutritionally for you. You also have to consider the type of sport or exercise you do, your conditioning and current health. The idea of this article is to give you a basic of idea of how it works, but you should always consult a professional.

Before doing any type of exercise, it’s necessary to give your body some energy and nutrition to work with, so that the cells and muscles can help you work out or train without hurting yourself. This means consuming an adequate quantity of carbs, sugars, proteins, and fats.

Fats are very important for our energy. They take a little bit more time to be used by the body than other nutrients. Normally, 20-40 minutes after we begin exercising our body begins to burn fat. For this reason, it is recommended that we exercise at least 20 minutes. Though it is possible to greatly diminish the fat reserves in our body, it is nearly impossible to get rid of all fat completely. Our body needs fat, anyway. It plays an essential role in our body system.


Carbs are also used as energy for our body. It is recommended that a balance of healthy carbs and fats are consumed before your work out. Healthy fats include those found in avocado, salmon, and nuts. Healthy carbs are whole wheat breads and pastas, vegetables and fruits.