Chapter 7

Eating Right for Exercise


check Focusing on eating the right foods to be active

check Taking in carbohydrates, protein, and fat as needed

check Maintaining proper hydration for good health and exercise

How well you fuel your body with food is a big deal when you’re physically active. So are staying hydrated when you’re exercising and refueling effectively after exercise. Doing all these things with diabetes as an added variable can be complicated, so the foods you eat can impact your body's response to physical activity. Knowing when and how to adjust your food intake before, during, and after exercise is important for keeping your blood glucose levels as close to your target range as possible. This is not always an easy feat to accomplish, but it does help if you understand more about how the macronutrients (that is, carbohydrates, protein, and fat) are metabolized and how quickly they are available for your body to use.

In this chapter, you discover how carbohydrates, protein, and fat play different roles in helping you achieve your exercise (and blood glucose) goals. Protein is critical for rebuilding muscles and maintaining strength as you age, and you find out how much ...

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