That’s right, it all comes down to personal preference. Just as what you do for exercise is catered to what you actually enjoy, it’s important to listen to these cues when it comes to eating, as well. If you don’t feel you need the extra energy and would perform better fasted, that’s your prerogative.
Just remember, food is fuel and one thing that’s not negotiable is eating after a workout. “Dietary proteins are made up of amino acids, which are largely responsible for both muscle building and muscle repair. And exercise (strength training in particular), although beneficial to building muscle, works by creating microscopic tears or damage to the existing muscle,” Schehr says. “The protein we eat, in turn, gets broken down into amino acids, which supplies the nutrients needed for repair of these damages.”