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Sports Nutrition Timing

Nutrient timing is a crucial factor in sports nutrition. To maximize energy levels and enhance recovery, it's important to fuel your body before, during, and after exercise at the right times.

Timing nutrient intake strategically is vital for athletes. Consuming a balanced meal or snack containing carbohydrates and proteins before exercise provides the necessary energy and nutrients to sustain performance. Post-workout or post-competition nutrition, within the recovery window, helps replenish glycogen stores, repair damaged muscles, and kick-start the recovery process.

By fueling your body with the right nutrients at the right times, you can optimize your energy levels, enhance recovery, and achieve your athletic goals.

What to Eat before Training

Consuming a balanced meal or snack that includes carbohydrates and proteins about 1-4 hours before exercise can provide a readily available energy source.

3 to 4 hours before training

2 to 3 hours before training

1 hour or less before training

What to Drink during Training

During prolonged exercise, consuming easily digestible carbohydrates in the form of sports drinks, energy gels, or bars can help maintain energy levels.

Nutrition is vital to power your performance. Drink a good blend of carbohydrates to help with caloric utilisation for sustained performance.

Whey protein acts as a protective measure, reducing muscle breakdown during prolonged exercise.

What to Eat after Training

After exercise, focusing on replenishing glycogen stores and providing adequate protein for muscle repair is essential. Including a post-workout snack or meal with a combination of carbohydrates and proteins within 30-60 minutes of exercise can help kickstart the recovery process.

If you don't want to eat a full meal late in the evening, drink a health shake with protein.

Blend yogurt, fruit and protein powder with ice for a tasty light meal. Pair the shake with whole grain crackers or a piece of fruit.


  1. Consuming a balanced meal or snack containing carbohydrates and proteins before and after exercise supports glycogen replenishment and muscle recovery (Aragon & Schoenfeld, 2013).

  2. Studies have shown that post-exercise carbohydrate and protein ingestion improves muscle glycogen synthesis and enhances recovery compared to carbohydrates alone (Ivy et al., 2002).

  3. Nutrient timing revisited: Is there a post-exercise anabolic window? Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 10(1), 5. Aragon, A. A., & Schoenfeld, B. J. (2013).

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