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What to Eat Before & After a Morning Sweat Session


I’ve often been puzzled by what to eat before a workout. Because I like to exercise in the morning and don’t want to starve my way through a sweat session, I asked my nutritionist, Keri Gans, for tips on the best pre- and post-workout foods. Here are some of her recommendations:

Keri says you should balance your pre-workout meal with a protein and a carbohydrate. This will give you fuel and energy to sustain you through your gym routine.

- Whole-wheat cracker with natural peanut butter
- Protein bar
- Lowfat Greek yogurt with fruit

- One banana with one tablespoon natural peanut butter

After working out, ideally within an hour, Keri suggests eating carbohydrates to provide energy and protein to aid muscle growth.

- Eggs or egg whites with whole wheat toast
- Lowfat Greek yogurt with berries and a high fiber cereal
- Oatmeal made with nonfat or lowfat milk, topped with a banana and nuts

It’s important to keep your blood sugar consistent and focused so you can get through your workout without feeling light-headed or weak. What are your go-to pre- and post-workout snacks? Please share them with me in the comments below.

Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 32-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.


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