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#13 of 22 Common Nutrition Mistakes

Posted by on Jan. 19, 2013 at 3:38 PM
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                   Nutrition Mistake: You Skip a Pre-Gym Snack

You make time for the gym, but you skip the pre-gym snack to save on calories.

Result: Fewer calories can mean fewer calories burned—not the best equation.

“Think of a preworkout snack as fueling, not filling,” says fitness expert Myatt Murphy, CSCS. “Aim for 100 to 200 calories, just enough to give you enough energy for exercise. Too much food, and your stomach will be working out at the same time to digest it all.”

Thirty minutes before exercise is the way to pace this. If you’re an early bird, a pre­workout snack is essential—there’s no fuel in the tank. If you exercise mid-afternoon, you might need less. 

What to eat: The best pre­workout snacks provide a mix of carbs and protein—a banana and a handful of nuts or a slice of whole-grain bread with peanut butter.

by on Jan. 19, 2013 at 3:38 PM
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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jan. 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I always eat before going to workout...gotta eat for fuel!

e-doolittle
by Kelly on Jan. 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM
I eat throughout the day to constantly fuel
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reneawesley
by on Jan. 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

I feel horrible when I eat before working out. 

mypbandj
by Jen on Jan. 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM
I never knew there was a pre workout snack. Makes sense!!
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