It is important to eat a proper meal before running. […]
Publish date 10.10.2022
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Do you think that exercise, training, and running alone are enough to achieve the figure of your dreams? Unfortunately, I have to tell you that no. To achieve an athletic figure, strong muscles, and a sculpted abdomen (which is many people’s goal), you also need to take care of what you eat. Not only throughout the day but also before running.
You want your workout to be effective. Therefore, it’s a good idea to eat something that will satisfy you – that you won’t feel hungry while running -, and that won’t be heavy on your stomach. This is an important point, and unfortunately, many runners ignore it.
That’s why in this article I’ll give you a hint about what to eat before running to make your workout effective, and when to eat a meal before a workout.
You need to keep in mind that eating before running is extremely important. Not only should you ask yourself “what should I eat before running” but also “when to eat.” Here’s a hint:
This is basic information, however, it still all depends on what food to eat before running you choose. Keep reading and you’ll learn more specifics.
As I wrote earlier, the optimal time when you should run after a big meal is about 2-4 hours. It’s worth adhering to this so that you don’t feel discomfort and your run is good, relaxing, as well as fun. After all, training is not only hard work and duty but also fun. Remember this.
There are times when you suddenly get hungry. You have eaten, but moments before running your stomach demands food. Earlier you did not feel like eating, but now you are sure to be consuming something. What to do in such a situation?
Of course, it is best to eat some snacks. It is better to eat something small to improve your performance. And here the question arises:
“What should I eat before running, when I have a given amount of time at my disposal?”
I WILL TELL YOU! 🙂
Yes, this may come as a surprise to some – maybe to you too. All because when you hear the word “carbohydrates” you immediately think of higher weight. However, that’s not quite the case.
As it turns out, no matter how many hours or minutes you have before running, a good snack when you’re hungry, is those with slowly digestible carbohydrates. Why exactly?
Why is this the case? What’s so unusual about slowly digestible carbohydrates?
This is because they cause a slower rate of glycogen oxidation from muscle – this means compensating by obtaining energy from fats.
“You talk about slowly digestible carbohydrates. What about fast digestible carbohydrates? Should I avoid them before training?“
Of course not. It is a fast digestible carbohydrate that you can safely eat before training. You have about 30 minutes left before you start running, and you’re hungry? Choose fast digestible carbohydrates. They will allow you to replenish your glycogen without feeling that you have a heavy stomach during your workout.
“Wait wait wait…I think I’m a little confused about when and what I can eat when it comes to carbohydrates.“
Yes, it can be a bit confusing, so I have a little summary for you.
These you should limit and avoid before training. All because fats slow down digestion. When running, your body should focus on burning calories and fat, not on the extra digestion of food. You may experience stomach pain because of this. What’s more, you may feel uncomfortable during your workout, and you certainly don’t want that.
Fiber needs to be treated in the same way as fats and should not be consumed and limited before training.
When to eat protein before a workout? When you know you are planning an intense or long workout. This will help you regenerate your muscles faster. What’s more, protein is a satiating nutrient, so you won’t be hungry for a long time. In addition, you won’t be hungry right away, which helps when you want to lose weight.
If you choose protein for your diet then try to choose products that are low in fat and cholesterol.
Morning workouts are popular among runners – after all, there’s nothing better than starting the day with a run and recharging yourself for the day. Some people don’t eat a meal before going out and do so when they return. However, for those who can’t imagine leaving the apartment with an empty stomach or feeling bad without a meal…what should they eat?
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Before I get to the specific foods you can eat you must remember to wait 30 minutes to 1 hour after eating before running. Therefore, you should get up early – wake up, eat, wait a minimum of 30 minutes and go out for a run.
In the morning, there is no time to prepare complicated meals. Moreover, what you eat should be light. Ideally, let it be a small snack.
Here are some suggestions:
Running in the evening is another matter. Here you should have no problem eating a full meal 2-4 hours before training. Maybe you think you can’t last that many hours without eating, and you’ll be hungry before training.
That’s why it’s better to eat a balanced meal than to eat just snacks. That way, you won’t be as hungry after your workout and you’ll eat a smaller portion.
5 kilometers is not a big distance. Therefore, you don’t need to eat a big meal before going out to train. Just eat some light snacks such as a banana, or an energy bar 30 minutes before you start training.
This is a long stretch for a runner, so you should eat a good and balanced meal to have energy for running. However, remember to eat your meal at least 2 hours before going out to train.
Your workout may last so long that you need an extra source of energy. That’s when it’s a good idea to have e.x. an energy bar with you. It certainly can’t hurt to have it on hand – you can even pass out from lack of energy as well as strength, so such a small snack can help.
Fun fact: Did you know that if you need an extra source of energy, all you have to do is rinse your mouth with a sports drink? Then you will increase your body’s performance.
I hope I’ve answered your most burning question (what should I eat before running), and now you know how many hours beforehand you should eat a meal and what should be on your plate. Follow these rules, and you will have a comfortable, relaxed, and enjoyable running experience.
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