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Is Pasta good before a workout?

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Eating pasta, or any other form of 'carbo loading', immediately before a workout does little or nothing to increase the amount of glycogen that you burn for energy during a workout. Eating a large meal immediately before a workout actually can have an adverse affect as your body is dedicating much of its blood and energy to digestion. A small snack 60-90 minutes before a workout is all you really need. If this a routine weight lifting or running workout you should focus on eating healthy, well-balanced meals throughout the week to increase your performance during your workouts.

Studies have shown that even eating a large pasta meal the night before an athletic event like a 5K, 10K or triathlon does little in terms of increasing energy levels during a workout. If you are preparing for an event such as these, the best way to go about building your glycogen stores is by eating meals rich in good carbohydrates - whole wheat pasta and grains - in the days leading up to the event. Then the day before and day of the event you can 'top off' your glycogen stores with something like a bagel or whole wheat toast.

After any workout, no matter the intensity, be sure to get plenty of protein and carbs to replenish energy lost and muscles broken down during the workout.

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Yes, you should only drink water before or at gym. -Pasta afterwards.

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