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Eating Before Exercise

SCAN Fact Sheet that provides recommendations on what to eat before exercise


An Evidence-Based resource from the Sports Dietetics - USA subunit of SCAN.

Eating before exercise increases energy availability and speeds post-exercise recovery. This fact sheet reviews how to optimize pre-exercise nutrition and offers ideas of pre-exercise foods and fluids.

Length: 1 page, single-sided

Intended Audience: Patients/Clients, Public

Key Words: Athletes, Exercise, Football, Carbohydrate, Protein, Hydration, Sports Drink, Water

Written by SCAN registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to provide nutrition guidance. The key to optimal meal planning is individualization. Contact a SCAN RDN or a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) for personalized nutrition plans. Access “Find a SCAN RDN” a or by phone at 800.249.2875.

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