Q: Is it better to eat a meal before or after a workout? Why?

A: Both. I get this question a lot and there seems to be some confusion on when you should actually eat, either before or after a workout. The answer to this of course it both but it depends on what your needs are and what you are trying to achieve. It is also important to know what you should be eating and when you should eat it.

If you are a person who has just created a workout plan and you are overweight, then there are a couple things you should consider. Now as always, before you start an exercise program or you change your diet in any way that will drastically impact your lifestyle, you should always see a physician first and let them know what you plan on doing and have an examination. Sometimes drastic changes can really impact someone who is out of shape in a negative way. If you are just starting out exercising there are some key things you need to know. Exercise in the morning before eating anything at all can help you lose or burn 200% more calories and fat. Yes it is true and there is a good reason for this. When you sleep for 8 hours and you have not eaten anything, your body goes into what is called ‘fasting’ mode and needs to start using the stored energy you have such as your now unwanted fat. So what does this mean? It means that before you exercise in the morning, you do not want to eat anything. It also mean that as soon as you wake up, you should start getting ready for your exercise. 20-30 minutes of morning exercise before eating can have super results if you are trying to lose weight.

Exercising before your first meal means that you care going to start burning your fat stores and therefore achieve your goals quicker. Another important thing to note is that even after you are finished with your exercise, you will still be burning fat for 30-45 minutes after you have exercised depending on how hard your exercise was. So it is a good idea to not eat during those 30-45 minutes after to get the best results. Make sure that you drink at least 1-2 cups of water before your morning exercise as to not dehydrate yourself. You lose this much water just breathing during 8 hours of rest.

As for someone who is in training and does not have excess fat to burn, you will want to eat something with high protein before and after an exercise. If you do not have enough food energy, then your body will start to target your muscles for energy and that is the last thing you want. Power bars that are high in nutrition and protein shakes with natural peanut butter are excellent for before and after exercise for those who are healthy and are building muscle.

It is important to know exactly where you are in between these two types of situations and having some help with daily support, motivation, and getting a personalized plan from a fitness expert will help you get the best results and keep you on track. Join Jillian Panzella today and get everything you need to help you achieve a happier and healthier you.