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I often exercise first thing in the morning and I'm never sure whether to eat before exercising. Should I have a meal or wait until afterwards?

To get the best out of your workout, you need to eat beforehand, and you need to eat the right food too. Don’t be tempted to skip breakfast, because what you eat will fuel your regime and ensure results. The right food makes you work harder and prevents low blood sugar, which can bring on light-headedness and fatigue. You’re best trying digestible carbs such as bananas, which are packed with potassium to maintain nerve and muscle function.

Maybe add a little Greek yogurt, which is packed with quality protein, helping prevent muscle damage. You could also try oats, which gradually release carbs into your bloodstream, keeping your energy levels consistent throughout. However, if you find them too heavy, a slice of wholegrain bread is also a good source of carbs. Have it with jam or honey for more fuel or sliced up hard-boiled eggs for high-quality protein.

It’s best to avoid fatty foods, as they often leave you feeling sluggish and could lead to cramp. And while carbs are good, avoid sugar, which could lead to a sugar rush and crash part-way through your workout. Also, the most important thing is to eat in moderation. Think snacks rather than full-blown meals.

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