The Real Reason You Shouldn’t Eat Right Before Exercise!

Eating is one of the most basic of human needs, this is obvious right, but for many, so too is exercise. Now as fundamentally integral as eating is to exercise, the time and type of food we eat can play a bog part on performance.

When we eat our body preferentially shunts blood from our muscles to our stomach to aid digestion of the food…the problem with this is 2 fold. Our body is torn between giving blood to the stomach, so it gives some, but it also wants to give a little to the muscles, so it does this too.

The consequence is that the muscles and the stomach go without which hinders both digestion and exercise capacity!
To avoid this, minimise the load you place on your poor stomach by eating a main meal no later than 2 hours before exercise.

Should you need some form of nutrition before this time, then a whey protein shake is ideal approx 30 mins to 1 hour before.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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