It’s actually better if you are somewhat hungry going into a workout, to make sure you get something small before your workout instead of eating right after your workout. The key word here is “small”. This is because as you all know, you can’t go into a workout with a fully belly and be comfortable or efficient!
I like to eat something like an apple before hand. This provides me with filling fiber and complex carbohydrates and sugars. It keeps me satiated and keeps my blood sugar even until well into my workout so I don’t start to feel that typical faintness that so many people feel if they go into a workout without adequate fuel.
Your body torches right through calories and carbs when you do any type of cardio activity. When you combine protein and a little bit of healthy fat (omega 3’s) with your pre-workout microsnack, then you are feeding your metabolism exactly what it needs – high octane fuel for a tough period of time where the body will be taxed.
Another reason to fuel up BEFORE your workout
Here is another compelling and important reason you should fuel up before your workout as opposed to after it. Studies have shown that if you eat food after your workout, you are actually likely going to interfere with your body’s naturally increased post-workout production of HGH.
HGH is Human Growth Hormone, and it plays a vital role in keeping you fit, keeping your muscle to fat ratio healthy, and in keeping you youthful and healthy (and good looking to boot!)
Evidence shows that eating any carbs after your workout actually slows this natural HGH production and defeats the purpose of working out to increase your natural levels of positive, healthy hormones circulating in the body. So if you can keep from the fridge or pantry after your workout, you’re really doing yourself a favor in boosting your routine’s effectiveness.