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MICHADOODLE93 SparkPoints: (11,087)
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1/27/13 10:27 A

It's good to have water before, during & after your workout so you don't get dehydrated. Also something with electrolytes, like gatorade is good after a workout. As far as food goes, a small snack like, granola, yogurt, etc, is ok after a workout. I wouldn't recommend eating before, otherwise you might get cramps. Good luck!

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1/27/13 9:37 A

If you do not feel weak, shaky, dizzy, don't have to eat prior to your workout. There really is no benefit. Check out this article on the topic. And notice it will also link you to what to eat after the workout as well.

SP Dietitian Becky

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,020
1/27/13 8:10 A

Eat oatmeal before a work out with slivered almonds or walnuts... ...Having good insulin sensitivity means that the body can more easily take sugar from the bloodstream, allowing muscles to use it for fuel...

Balance your pre-workout meal with a protein and a carbohydrate..0% Fage Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries, Eggs or egg whites on rye toast.....

Carbs after a workout ..Researchers from the University of Michigan discovered that what you eat following a workout may trigger different metabolic responses... bouts of exercise all improved insulin sensitivity, but it was especially enhanced when the session included the low-carb meal.

Protein helps repair and rebuild muscles especially when eating 1/2 hour after exercise. Brown Rice cereal provides and replenishes depleted glycogen... After a workout half some dark chocolate which will bring more oxygen to replenish any muscle sorness.
No white ever...try Brown Rice Noodles by Trader Joe's or Hodgson Mills Brown Rice noodles Wamart $2.00 for a lb at either store, It doesnt give you body a sugar rise like white foods do.

Brown or wild rice is also much better for you than WHITE RICE

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/27/13 8:01 A

I don't eat anything differently because I do a 90 minute walk 5 days a week. Hardly strenuous enough to need fuel for it. I eat my meals at the scheduled times, and let the exercise fall in between.

On Wednesday, and Saturday though, I play basketball with friends for 60-90 minutes, so I take along a 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts and eat them halfway through.

In both circumstances I drink plenty of water, usually 40-60 ozs per hour. Dehydration can make you just as sluggish as running short on fuel.

I think this is just an attempt to take what endurance athletes need, and transferring it over to average people, who aren't exercising as strenuously. All it does is lead to confusion, and overeating. Just focus on eating the proper amount of calories in a 24 hour period, when you feel hungry, or have planned meals scheduled.

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1/27/13 3:44 A

I drink water or have green tea. I exercise in the morning and have a meal later in the day.

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1/26/13 10:22 P

I drink some water and do my workout in the AM.
I'm not hungry until later.

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1/26/13 8:49 P

I don't typically eat before I work out. I get up at 5:45am, drink about 8oz of water, and then either run (3-5 miles) or do an hour-long boot camp class. I eat when I get back, because I don't want to get up any earlier to allow enough time between eating and working out, and I generally can't work out later. It hasn't affected my ability to do what I want to do at all.

ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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1/26/13 6:03 P

If you don't feel hungry, you can try going without.
I usually do mine (Insanity) first thing.
I get up, [bathroom, weight check], get dressed to work out, set up and have at it with a 1.5L bottle of H2O and a towel. Then I shower, get dressed and eat breakfast right before heading out.

Edited by: ALORTA at: 1/26/2013 (18:22)
SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
1/26/13 5:06 P

I have to eat something or I'll feel weak. I go for a greek yogurt, or a quick smoothie with almond milk, 1/2 a banana, and some frozen fruit- either blueberries, pineapple or mango.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,536)
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1/26/13 4:29 P

Anything you like. The main thing is allowing enough time before the workout. If you don't want to eat anything, don't! I don't eat first on days I'm not working out super intensely. IF I work out for more than an hour, or I'm going to do an intense class like boot camp or interval training, I like to grab a protein shake, since I'm not big on eating first thing. I'll then get a real breakfast afterwards. :)

I do need to drink some water first; I usually go in dehydrated as heck!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/26/2013 (16:42)
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PERLIUX Posts: 19
1/26/13 4:19 P

What can I eat or drink before I start my daily workout? I usually do it in the early morning, and I don't feel hungry at that time at all.

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