Our expert says:
Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that the low-GI diet and the 5 small meals a day plus the exercise are working well. The general rule when it comes to eating before or after exercise is as follows: If you do very strenuous exercise that requires a great deal of energy then you need to have a high-GI snack about 20 min before exercising and use a high-GI energy drink during and after exercise to firstly fuel your activity and secondly replenish your glycogen stores in the muscles and liver. However if you feel that you have sufficient energy for the type of exercise you are doing then just have an apple or another fruit before exercise and eat a meal like pasta when you have rested a bit after exercise. Most non-elite athletes do not require the massive carb load that the top athletes need to be able to perform and recover. If you find that you are feeling tired or washed out after exercise then by all means have about 150 ml of an energy drink or eat a small energy bar.
Enjoy your good diet and exercise programme
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