Should You Eat Before or After Exercising?

Lynne Adkins
October 30, 2019 - 4:00 am

Should you eat before you exercise or when you're done?

A small study from the United Kingdom finds that exercising on an empty stomach burns twice the fat than if you eat first. 

Danielle Zolotnitsky, a registered dietitian for the department of digestive disease and transplant at Einstein, says that is true, but some people perform better when they eat first.

Both are fine, just eat an easy-to-digest protein and carbohydrate, such as peanut butter toast, chocolate milk or a Greek yogurt, and leave the juicer on the shelf.

"I would not recommend juicing before or after exercise. A) you don't have fiber, and B) juice, even if you make it yourself from the finest berries and kale in the world, it's going to bring a lot of water into the gut and that can cause some gastrointestinal distress," Zolotnitsky explained.

Plus, the guy on the next treadmill will be stuck listening to all that liquid sloshing around in your stomach.