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5/23/13 1:36 P


JEWELS571 Posts: 2,885
5/23/13 1:28 P

I am generally starving after a workout, I have a small snack, banana, a meal bar or something before a workout and then dinner within an hour or so after, which I usually chose low carb options, chicken and a salad or veggies. That satisfies me until breakfast the following day. I agree with others, it is all about in and out over time. Feeling hungry is miserable and can lead to over indulging.

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5/23/13 11:15 A

DCSHADOWS that would be great, can't wait to get updates from you. I tried carb cycling for a week once but that was just awful. I felt so drained when I tried it, so I decided to not stick to that plan anymore.

DCSHADOWS Posts: 225
5/23/13 11:09 A

Eating a meal after a workout? No
Consuming a post wordout protein bar or Muscle milk/protein shake? Yes, within 30 mins is recommended but I say within 10-15. Reason: 30 mins allows your metabolism to slow, the 10-15 mins time period still has an active metabolism and it will infuse the protein into your system faster.


In about an hour or more a full meal would be ideal! Make sure it is at least 3-4 hours before bed and it is protein and fiber so the next day your body is restored and ready to be regular.

ALWAYS - with consumption of protein - WATER WATER WATER - HYDRATE!

DCSHADOWS Posts: 225
5/23/13 11:04 A

Yep, I have core fat mainly around the stomach that I still need to lose. My goal is to get to 190 but I have been to 195 before I went back up to 210 currently. I saw the difference that 10 lbs made on the fat around the stomach so I know that 190 is where I want to be as far as my fat being all but gone around the midsection but I have to figure out how to get over this plateau. So I have maintained my weight at 210 for about 2 1/2 months now and will start another diet/exercise routine which should start the burning again. My body had gotten so used to the different ways I was eating to try to lose weight that it got comfortable at 210. I started today but will be in full swing tomorrow night into Saturday. I will let you know what I have done and how I did it by June 6th if it works/or if your interested. Then you can decide if you want to do the same?

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5/23/13 10:19 A

I've been working out 5x a week with 4 days of 2 hours of cardio and one hour of strength/or whatever else. The one day of the week I jog around my neighborhood for at least 20 minutes. I'm not very sure if that's sufficient enough for burning fat all over. My diet is pretty clean since I city out pretty much junk/processed food. Losing body fat is so frustrating. Anyone feeling the same frustration?

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,681)
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5/22/13 9:18 P

What matters for fat loss is the overall calorie deficit over a period of days and weeks... not when you eat individual meals/snacks in a single 24 hour period. Eating after you work out will not make you burn fat faster nor slower, just like eating after a certain time won't make you gain weight.

Eating after a workout is about muscle recovery, not fat loss/gain.

DWORB415 Posts: 296
5/22/13 7:35 P

No, when you eat doesn't have an impact on your weight loss goals. It all amounts to calories in verses calories out.

FITNESS386 SparkPoints: (15,908)
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5/22/13 7:31 P

These are great inputs guys! But the real question I have in mind is whether or not eating right after a workout affect my fat loss goal. Thanks.

DWORB415 Posts: 296
5/22/13 7:18 P

I usually time my workouts right before a meal, so problem solved! I am not eating any extra calories, and I don't have to worry about being hungry afterward.

ANGELZBABE100 Posts: 63
5/22/13 6:24 P

I cannot workout on a full stomach. Some people can eat a huge meal and go workout. It makes me sick, even if I workout 2-3 hours after. I workout in the early AM (4-5) and so I have a granola bar 30 mins before then workout and then eat a decent meal after and wait a while to eat another. Normally breakfast is my biggest meal and it gets progressively smaller. I tried having yogurt and fruit and cereal and all of that prior to a run but it just gives me heartburn and makes me sick to the point of throwing up. Again, just depends on your body. If you are going to do a really tough/long workout, you need a little something in your body just to have some fuel. If it is lighter or fairly short, then it depends on you.

RENEEAQUA SparkPoints: (35,157)
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5/22/13 4:18 P

i always eat within an hr before i workout. usually eat a bowl of cereal, milk, and fruit, then workout and have a small snack afterwards like chocolate milk, protein bar, banana or apple

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5/22/13 4:06 P

I do my cardio early in the morning so I have breakfast (something with a lot of fiber as well as protein; personal choice). After my workout, I eat the Yoplait 100 calorie Greek Yogurt and drink the Nesquik Chocolate Milk (with the brown color; the regular chocolate milk; it's low fat, not fat free or the double chocolate, but I digress). I feel better if I eat a before and after I workout. Since I love my cardio, I have started to do my strength training at home (while I do my cardio at the gym). After I do my strength training, I eat another thing of the Greek Yogurt or drink some 1% milk.

I guess a lot has to do with your goals. Like you, I am also trying to lose body fat. I want to attempt to maintain as much muscle as possible as I lose body fat, which is why try to eat the protein.

KELLY_R Posts: 2,858
5/22/13 2:34 P

I've always read that where strength training is concerned, it is important to eat something with protein no longer than a half hour to an hour after your workout as it assists with muscle repair / growth.

For me, it's important to eat after I work out - doesn't need to be immediately, but again within that hour time frame. I typically time my workouts around usual meal times, anyhow, so it's not like I'm cramming in extra food at unusual times. I either work out on my lunch break and eat something after, or I work out just after work and then have dinner after. In the mornings I do give myself a little extra fuel before my workout so I don't completely burn out - usually something like a cup of Naked juice. But then I eat an actual breakfast after my morning workout.

I think it's an opportune time to give my body some nutrients after a workout.

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5/22/13 2:25 P

I'm not usually ravenously hungry even after I workout first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. But some people did tell me that your body continuously burn more fat if you don't eat an hour after cardio, so I just want to see everyone's inputs on this.

OLIVIASIMP SparkPoints: (6,089)
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5/22/13 1:35 P

I normally workout with a group around 7 pm, so I get a light snack before I workout and then eat supper afterwards. If I eat before I workout, I am normally a little slower and do not workout as hard.

-CORAL- SparkPoints: (39,964)
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5/22/13 1:11 P

You should eat when you're hungry. I tend to exercise on an almost-empty stomach (2 or 3 hours post eating) because my body works best that way, so by the time I finish my workout, I'm ravenous and eat right away.

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5/22/13 12:52 P

I workout first thing is the morning too! I don't eat anything before my workouts since it upsets my stomach.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,615
5/22/13 10:31 A

personal choice. I workout first thing in the morning so I eat after.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
5/22/13 10:30 A

definitely eat! something with complex carbs and high protein.

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5/22/13 6:34 A


CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,821)
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5/22/13 12:44 A

I guess it would depend if you are hungry. I know for me personally, I am usually starving about an hour after my workout, so I schedule a "post workout snack" but if you are not hungry, I wouldn't eat

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,093
5/21/13 11:25 P

The timing of eating and working out is largely irrelevant for weight loss. What matters is the balance between calories consumed and calories burned over the entire 24 hour day.

In fact, a post-workout snack (ideally a combination of carbs and protein) as part of your overall calorie budget can help refuel your body, and avoid feeling ravenous later.


SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 38,602
5/21/13 11:08 P

It honestly varies from person to person. I would recommend checking out these two articles about what to eat before and after your workouts to help you find what works best for you and your exercise needs:

I think it mostly comes down to how you are feeling, how much energy you have and how hard you worked out during the session. You may want to try some of the ideas listed in the article to see what works best for you.

Coach Denise

FITNESS386 SparkPoints: (15,908)
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5/21/13 10:45 P

If my primary goal is lose my body fat percentage, should I consume food after my workout? How long should I wait? I usually do at least an hour of intense cardio along with some strength training.

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