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Q. What is the ideal amount and type of food I should eat before and after a workout?
A meal consisting of approximately 60-70% carbohydrates 1-3 hours before a workout is typically recommended. A meal high in fat or protein can feel like a bowling bowl sitting in your gut during a workout. This occurs because blood is shunted away from the gut and directed towards your muscles, heart and lungs when do cardiovascular training in particular. As far as how much food this is a difficult question because everybody tends to eat different quantities of food. You'll figure this out by trial and error. Eat following a workout when hungry. Once again this is different for everybody. Your body will let you know when it needs fuel. Food a little higher in protein than the pre-workout meal is typically best.