Should You Eat Before Or After Exercise?

Eat Before or After a Workout?

There is a lot of talk online on what is the correct way to supplement yourself when exercising. Should you eat before exercising or after? Should you eat proper food or vitamin supplements or protein shakes? I read an interesting blog post today from the New York Times today, addressing this question. In the article, according to Sports Nutrition:

…protein supplements are often used by weight trainers after exercise, but they are not necessary… Chocolate milk, on the other hand, is, at least at my training table. In multiple recent studies, volunteers who drank chocolate milk within an hour after working out had higher muscle fuel stores, less body fat and a greater, overall physiological response to exercise than those who recovered with water or a sports drink.

I have no idea where Sports Nutrition gets its info from, but I have read PubMed and other similar scientific sources of info on this and there is no clear definitive study that conclusively proves what to do. Until then, I am sticking to having vitamin supplements before going to bed.

 What do you guys do?

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