What Should I Eat Before I Workout?

People always ask me questions about what to eat pre-workout. Like when they should eat, or if they should workout on an empty stomach, or if they come home from work and are starving, do they jump in to the workout or eat first? The list goes on.

You want to make sure you will be able to make it through your workouts and have the right fuel. You also don’t want to throw up during the warm up of Insanity and find yourself in a mess LOL.

What to eat pre-workout should depend upon the type of workout that you plan on doing: high, moderate, or low intensity; or cardio or resistance.

Here are some guidelines for any moderate- to high-intensity workouts. Regardless of type, cardio or resistance, because you will need some carbs in your system for either type!

  • Three or four hours before exercising, a large meal is fine (600 calories or more).
  • Two or three hours beforehand, a smaller meal is suitable (400-500 calories).
  • One or two hours before, a liquid meal, like Shakeology with a full banana and peanut butter, is appropriate (300-400 calories).
  • About an hour before, a small snack, like plain Shakeology, will do fine (150-300 calories).


Ideally you are eating every few hours anyway, so the first two really shouldn’t apply, but life happens and who knows how your day at work, or chasing the kids around, ended up going.

I PERSONALLY like fasted Cardio, meaning, wake up, and just get to it! So I use a pre-workout formula (not now because I’m pregnant, but I’m counting the days lol) called ENERGIZE.

Also, you can get samples of Shakeology HERE,if you haven’t had that before, and want to check it out. =)

Final note, try not to eat food during the last hour before you begin a workout because “it promotes excessive use of blood sugar in the initial stages of your workout.” *Quoted from Beachbody writer Steve Edwards

I hope you find this helpful and I am here if you need anything at all for your health, fitness, or nutrition!

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  1. My fav snacks are aplpes w/almonds or walnuts or 100% natural peanut butter or almond butter, Chobani or Kosama protien bars (Apples are my staple fruit b/c they are so portable, what I put with them is always a yummy surprise!) If I need a chocolate fix I mix chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark choc.) with raisins & have a handful of the mix (it’s about a 1/4 cup)

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