We’ve all wondered how long we should wait to workout after we eat…so what’s the secret balance?
When and what you eat are important when it comes to feeling energized during a workout. Think about it this way — you wouldn’t go for a drive without gas in your car! It’s the same principle for exercising.
Consider these three general guidelines:
Working Out After A Large Meal: Wait 3-4 hours
Working Out After A Small Meal: Wait 2-3 hours
Workout Out After A Snack: Wait 1 hour
Typically, I recommend the last option…eating a snack before your workout. Some of my favorite pre-workout snacks include:
- Basic protein shake (unsweetened almond milk, berries, protein powder)
- Plain Greek or Icelandic yogurt with walnuts or almonds
- A spoonful of almond butter on apple slices
- To ensure the correct balance for your body, experiment with a few different options to discover how you can avoid bloating or working out with a heavy stomach.