It is generally
recommended that you should never eat a large meal for between
two to three hours before exercising. This recommendation is
well based on scientific fact.
ingestion of any meal, there is an increase in the flow of blood
to the digestive system, supporting the absorption of nutrients.
At the same time the blood supply to the muscles is
significantly reduced, thus making them less efficient during
exercise at this time. This effect is very much dependent on:
1. The time
which has elapsed following the meal.
2. The amount
of food eaten.
3. The degree
sports people aim to eat no later that three to four hours
before competing. They therefore ensure complete digestion of
food and a relatively empty stomach.