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Fit Tip: Eat for Energy

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Monday Morning Fit Tip:




News flash: Most of the fuel you use during exercise doesn’t come from the food you’ve recently eaten!

It actually comes from the carbs and fat that are stored in your body.  That’s enough to fuel 3-4 hours of moderate-intensity exercise!  Therefore, if you have a healthy diet you may not need to eat anything before you work out.

Who should eat before working out?

  • Do you leave work and drive straight to the gym?  If it’s been a few hours since you’ve eaten, try having a snack 30 minutes – 1 hour before exercising.
  • Do you have diabetes or are you sensitive to blood sugar changes? Your blood sugar levels will fall during the first 15-20 minutes of workout, so you may want a pre-workout snack.
  • Do you get so hungry during a workout that it interferes with your energy levels or ability to focus?  Try eating first!
  • Do you become so ravenous after an exercise session that you end up overeating?  Plan a healthy snack and see if this helps.

Thank you Ty Marie for your question!  Do you have a fitness or nutrition question that you’d like us to answer?  Tell us below and your question might be featured as the next Fit Tip!

Kathie Brown

Certified NASM and AFAA Personal Trainer. Over 20 years experience. Specializes in weight loss, athletes and women body building and leaning out. Crossfit athlete, trains and competes in Crossfit competitions. Took the L1 Crossfit course and completed the judges course. Enjoys working with all levels and body types and loves seeing her clients get stronger and feel confident.

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