By Danny Turner, UMD Dietetic Intern
Successful athletes know that they need to eat well to perform at high level, and to recover from their intense training routines. Even if you’re just hitting the gym a couple times a week and doing your own thing, knowing some basics about what and when to eat can give you more energy for your workouts, and help you reach your fitness goals sooner.
Below you’ll find general guides for what your pre- and post-workout meals should look like. Remember, if you find another way that works better for you, go for it. Everyone is different, after all.
Guidelines for eating before your workout
Guidelines for eating after your workout
You might read articles online that tell you to do things like exercise on an empty stomach to burn fat, eat candy after a workout, or sip on an expensive supplement powder during your workout that tastes like cherry-flavored acid. Advice like this isn’t supported by science, and might actually hurt your performance in the gym or on the field.
Hopefully now you have some ideas for small meals and snacks to keep around for when you go to work out. Also remember, as important as it is to eat something before and after exercise, it’s at least as important to stay hydrated, so make sure you’re drinking water with your snacks and during your workout!
Terps With Taste is run by the Student Nutritionist Team with University of Maryland Dining Services. We write content for students, by students. Enjoy!