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Dear Fitsugar,
I have been working out and trying to be healthier for about 5 months now.
I'm a college student so I workout Monday - Thursday in the evening and I
eat dinner about an hour before. This semester though, I am taking a
Fitness walking class at 7:00 am!!! I was wondering, should I eat breakfast
before or after I take that class.

-College Walker


What a great way to start the day. After not eating for 8 hours while sleeping, you will need to refuel your body before working out. But you will probably not have enough time to prepare or even digest a full meal. Since carbs are easier to digest than protein or fat, you should stick to carbs. Plus carbs are easily converted into fuel for your muscles. If your plan is to get up and go, try eating a banana, a piece of whole wheat toast or a small cup of nonfat yogurt. You might need to experiment with the right food or combinations of foods that work best for you as a pre-workout snack. Follow your workout with a well balanced meal that includes all the macro nutrients - fat, protein and carbs.

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