What Should I Eat Before Working Out to Lose Belly Fat?

Medically Reviewed on 9/14/2021
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Knowing when and what to eat before a workout can make a difference in weight loss. Here are the best foods to eat for a pre-workout snack

An ideal pre-workout snack should contain carbohydrates and protein but not be too high in fiber or fat. Not only can high-fiber or high-fat foods make you feel bloated during your workout, but they may contain too many calories for effective weight loss

Foods that may help you fuel up before a workout include:

  • Banana
  • Cereal
  • Whole grain toast with unsweetened peanut or almond butter
  • Oatmeal with nuts
  • Orange juice (unsweetened, 200 mL)
  • Applesauce
  • Berry smoothie
  • Low-fat yogurt with diced fruits or granola
  • Trail mix
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Apple
  • Granola bar
  • Whey protein shake or bar
  • Boiled quinoa

Losing belly fat comes down to making sure that the total amount of calories you consume in a day (whether pre- or post workout) are fewer than the calories you burn.

Is eating before a workout necessary?

Whether you need to eat (and what you should eat) before a workout depends on your individual preferences and other factors such as:

  • Type of workout (weight training or cardio)
  • Intensity of workout
  • Time of workout (morning, afternoon, or evening)
  • Existing health conditions (such as diabetes)
  • Your fitness goals

For high-intensity workouts, doctors always advise eating something before you sweat it out.

Can you fast before a workout?

If your workout isn’t intense or long (i.e., a 30-minute walk or moderate-intensity exercise), experts suggest that it is okay to work out on an empty stomach early in the morning. Doing cardio in the fasting state can help you reach a fat-burning zone faster and aid in weight loss

However, whether you want to exercise in a fasting state or not depends on you—if you feel too hungry when you wake up in the mornings or you have blood sugar issues, it may be better to have a light snack before your workout.

What are the benefits of a pre-workout snack?

While eating before a workout is optional, eating the right type of pre-workout snack may have benefits such as:


Weight loss occurs in the belly before anywhere else. See Answer

What foods should you avoid before a workout?

Eating certain foods before a workout can cause side effects such as feeling bloated, heavy, sleepy, or gassy. Here’s what to avoid:

If you are planning to exercise after a larger meal like lunch, make sure you wait at least 3-4 hours. If you had a smaller meal, wait at least 1-3 hours. This is because if you exercise too soon after eating, you may have problems with digestion that may hinder your fitness performance.

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Medically Reviewed on 9/14/2021