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What to Eat before you Train

What to Eat before you Train

Getting the right balance of nutritious food into your body before working out can really help you power through and enhance your work out.

Eating well is one thing but timing what you eat can make all the difference.

Your muscles want foods which help them work quickly and easily. Therefore eating the right foods before your workout will affect how successful it is and whether you feel like you’ve pushed yourself to your limits.

Food ideal to eat before you train, giving a positive impact on your workouts:


Bananas are good for so many reasons and this includes being perfect as a pre-workout snack. They’re packed full of potassium which maintains nerve and muscle function and if you fancy adding a little more flavour to your snack, add a sprinkle of cinnamon which is believed to stabilise blood sugar and can help improve and enhance brain function.


Great for so many occasions but especially before you head out to the gym. They keep you full without making you bloated and slowly release their sugar content, ensuring you’re kept energised throughout your training session. Oats are also packed with B vitamins which convert carbs into energy and if you team them with fresh fruits and berries, you’ll also up the liquid content and boost your hydration.

Whole wheat bread

Bread is a great way to add complex carbs into your pre-workout snack or meal. Like oats, bread helps to deliver a slow released, long lasting energy boost.

You can team your bread with bananas for a double hit of nutrition before you work out and even add an organic nut butter of your choosing for an additional increase to your protein, potassium and healthy fat levels.

So what should you avoid?

Processed, fatty foods of course should always be kept well away from your diet but especially before working out.

Foods very high in fat are slow to digest, causing you to move more slowly and possibly giving you stomach cramps as you work out.

Raw sugars and sweets too are a bad choice because the sugar rush they provide isn’t going to be sustained throughout a whole workout and the last thing you need mid-training is a sugar crash.

Eating the right combination of foods before your workout will make it more fulfilling, enjoyable and effective.


the author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.