Fit Series: Is it best to eat before or after a workout?

August 8
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When keeping fit, nutrition is almost more important than the exercise you do! Many don’t eat before coming in to exercise. It’s not necessary to eat immediately before, but for instance if you haven’t eaten anything that day and go into exercise, you’re literally burning away the muscle and tone you build from your last session because the body needs to get fuel from somewhere! It’s also essential to feed your body after working out so it can recover properly and rebuild! If you want fast results, be sure to eat before and after exercising!

-Barry Ennis

Flywheel & Flybarre instructor, Dubai

Yoga instructor


It is best to eat a small snack before a workout so it can act as fuel for your workout which makes you burn more calories.

Rachel & Lauren Piskin of Chaise23


Yoga should be practiced on an empty stomach (at least 2 hours after a meal). Early morning not having eaten is optimal.

-Pamela Levy

Owner of Yoga concept in Paris


About an hour before, fuel yourself with a small, easily digestible snack, like some nutrient dense nuts, and then follow up 30 – 60 minutes after your workout with a balanced, protein rich meal.

-Elisha Elliott

Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer

Certified Xtend Barre Instructor Trainer at Real Pilates, Dubai.


Both! Before your workout, it is important to eat so that your body has fuel to carry you through your workout. To keep your stomach happy (nobody wants to work out on a full stomach), your mini-meal or snack should be relatively low in fiber, protein and fat since all of the above digest slowly. After your workout, the focus is on replenishing glycogen stores and repairing muscle. To do this, you’ll want a nice balance of protein and carbs.

-Sarah Levy, Nutritionist 

Bari Studio, NYC