What’s best to eat before and after a workout?


It’s one of the most asked questions when it comes to exercising and diet: should I eat before or after a workout?


It depends what your workout is, who you are, what your biology is, etc.


But research has been hinting many, many times at this the past few of years, and this is one of my favourite little facts because it gives us girls permission to have a little snack before we workout out.”

You see, men burn more fat while fasting, i.e. on an empty stomach, and then are better off eating something high in protein almost immediately afterwards.

Women, however, burn more fat if we have a little snack before we work out.

So what exactly should we be eating before workout?

A good rule of thumb when you’re going to eat before working out is keep it light.


A combination of good quality protein, complex carbs, and a bit of healthy fats to sustain your energy throughout your workout.

My recommendations include a banana with some nut butter, overnight oats with a bit of honey, or fresh fruit, but  you should allow for adequate digestion before going for that sweat session.

For example, If I’m working out at 6am, I want to be having something to eat at least half an hour beforehand.

What to eat after workout?

Recovery is just as important, but an oft-forgotten part of being fit and strong.

You just need to eat a well-rounded meal within 60 minutes after working out, so that includes good quality protein, complex carbohydrates, and veggies.

Fats are not super helpful immediately after workout, for men or women.

So I wouldn’t go having, straight after walking out of the gym, going to smash an avocado.

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