What should I eat before swim practice?

Answered on June 29, 2013
Created June 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I am a swimmer. I swim about 8 times a week and our workouts are 2.5-1.5 hours. What foods should I eat before practice? What about the first 30 minutes after I workout?



on June 15, 2013
at 11:45 AM

Eggs and bananas

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on June 29, 2013
at 01:13 AM

Starchier carbohydrates (slow digesting, high in fiber) along with a little protein about an hour to an hour and a half prior to your swim work out. After your swim session, have more protein and a little less carbohydrates. Maybe a 1/2 a sweet potato with some chicken or turkey... All drizzled with olive oil because fat is just as important after a work out. However, when it comes to fat... Don't eat much before the work out because it is harder for your body to digest thus you may get tired.



on June 14, 2013
at 08:46 PM

Before practice you want a good balanced meal with protein, carbs, and fats. Something like some chicken/beef with rice/sweet potato and some butter. The balanced meal will give you carbs to fuel activity and the fat will slow digestion giving you steady blood sugar levels. Post workout you want a fast digesting carb source along with protein to replenish muscle glycogen and start protein synthesis. Something like white rice/sweet potato with chicken/beef and no added fats. A whey protein shake with dextrose will also work immediately post workout.

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