You don’t want to be doing strenuous exercise on a full stomach, because it can feel very uncomfortable and lead to tummy upsets. Three hours after a full meal is a good rule.
If it’s been a while since you’ve eaten, maybe you like to exercise before or on the way home from work or at lunchtime, it’s a good idea to top up with a snack just before you start. Choose something low in fat and fibre, so that your body is able to digest it quickly.
What you eat after your workout is important, too.
Try to eat within 30 minutes of finishing your exercise session. That’s known as the ‘recovery window.’ Eating a quick snack right away will help take the edge off your hunger and give you time to cool off, shower, change and see you through to your next full meal of protein, fat and a low carbohydrate content, like our delicious Black Pepper Tofu with mushroom rice and vegetables.