Fueling Before and After Workouts

Fueling Before and After Workouts

Fueling Before and After Workouts


Should you eat before you exercise? If so, what should you eat? When? Carbs? Protein? What about afterwards? Help!


The food that you eat can make or break your energy during workouts and recovery afterwards. This is why it’s so important to know how to fuel your body properly if exercise is a regular part of your lifestyle. We all want to exercise and see progress and results, but if we only focus on the workout itself, we leave a big miss a big part of the equation. In general, The Healthy Eating Plate and our carb, protein, veggie meal planning tips will provide most of us all that our bodies need, but for more specific fitness goals, we’ve got you covered.


Here are some articles that provide an overview, tips, and examples/ideas for pre and post workout nutrition:



Looking for more information? Browse articles online, but also pay special attention to authors with the CSSD (certified specialist in sports dietetics) credential. These folks are specialize in nutrition for exercise and are often hired by collegiate and professional sports teams to ensure that athletes’ nutrition needs are dialed for optimal performance.


The best way to determine if your nutrition needs are being met is to keep a food log. MyFitnessPal is a free and easy tool to keep a food diary and even gather nutrition data to show you how you’re doing. 


Are you intentional about your nutrition for exercise? 

What do you eat before and after boot camp? 


Talk to your coach and fellow boot campers to share and gather ideas that work best for you.




by Victoria Emmitt RD

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