What to eat before you work out
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WHEN you commit to a fitness journey you may start having a difficult relationship with food, as you'll have to cut back on some of your favourites and incorporate others, in order to see results. And because of this, many people think that you should be eating less, and in some cases not at all, especially while you're working out, but this couldn't be further from the truth.

In fact, workout developer Mesha-Gaye Wright said that there are foods you should be eating before your workouts, to ensure that your body performs at its optimum. Here are some foods she recommends eating before a workout:


They provide quick energy and contain potassium to prevent muscle cramps.


A complex carbohydrate that releases energy slowly during your workout.

Greek yoghurt

High in protein, this can help with muscle repair and recovery.

Whole grain bread

Provides sustained energy due to its complex carbs.


Berries, apples, or oranges are good sources of natural sugars and vitamins.

Chicken or turkey

These are lean protein sources that aid in muscle maintenance and growth.


This offers protein and complex carbs for sustained energy.


Eggs are high-quality protein that's easily digestible.


Blend fruits, yoghurt, and protein powder for a balanced pre-workout meal.

Sweet potatoes

Rich in carbs and vitamins, they provide energy for your workout.

"Remember, the timing of your meal is important," Wright said. "Eat about one to two hours before your workout to allow digestion. Also, everyone's body is different, so it's a good idea to experiment and find what works best for you."

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