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ANGELZBABE100
Posts: 62
6/24/13 6:58 P

It will be more or less what you find works for you. I CANNOT eat before I workout. At least not like some people. They eat bananas or apples, have milk/yogurt, eat bagels and other things. Tried that and cramped up (plus threw up). I usually have some water and sometimes a small granola bar (I've found one that my stomach can handle) 20-30 mins before my run. I also run at 4:30am so the eat a meal and wait 1-2 hours doesn't apply. Some people eat huge meals and wait 1-2 hours. Some people have a small snack and wait while others chug just coffee or some protein shake and go. Depends on what you can handle without it affecting you. If you exercise fasted or nearly fasted, you just have to listen to your body. If you feel like fainting or anything that is less than comfortable (or life threatening), then you have to restructure your program and eating habits.

Some people wait until 8-9pm to eat a hearty dinner then workout in the AM. Some people workout during a 12-24 hour fast. Again, what works for you will not work for everyone. Just ensure you have a good post workout meal. I eat my post workout meal (which is my breakfast) the way people eat dinner. My dinner is usually like most people's breakfast (very little). This works for me and haven't seen a bad reaction to my body or performance.

I had a friend who tried those 5hour energy shots. He said worst decision. His heart was beating in overdrive and he felt like he was going die while out on his run. I had thought about getting it to sip before a workout, but now I don't know :P



GDBEAR65
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6/19/13 2:43 P

Working out in the morning on an empty stomach IMO is not good, as your body is already in a catabolic state from sleeping, so your body will be breaking down muscle to provide amino acids that it needs. Less muscle means your metabolic rate slows as it takes a lot of energy to maintain muscle mass, so you are sabotaging your efforts by not eating or drinking something to provide energy and some protein. Even a tall glass of milk would be helpful.

Edited by: GDBEAR65 at: 6/19/2013 (14:44)


NAUSIKAA
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6/19/13 2:38 P

I'm another one who cannot eat before I work out. I work out in the morning and then usually have breakfast by 12:00pm. I always drink tea with that breakfast, but not before. I find that drinking before I work out is no good - I don't feel well if I drink OR eat before exercise. So I can't answer that question but I can tell you that I've been working out in a fasting state for about 10 months now and have suffered zero negative consequences, and I think it's fantastic and wonderful and I'm happy to share that because I know a lot of people seem to think it's essential to eat first.



DRAGONCHILDE
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6/19/13 2:07 P

Tea is a great way to help fight cravings, but not for the reasons you think. (Don't suppose you picked up that Woman's World issue a few weeks back, eh?)

Drinking tea before or after a workout will not help nor hinder weight loss. If it's zero-calorie, it will provide no actual energy, although if it's tea with caffeine in it, that might provide a little bit of a boost from just the caffeine.

Tea is a great way to enjoy flavor. The heat and hydration help you feel full. If you want something sweet, and have a cup of tea instead of a donut, it will help you lose weight because it will be replacing a calorie-laden sweet treat.

Green tea has antioxidants that are good for your body, but it won't make you lose weight faster than if you don't drink it.

What you eat before or after you workout doesn't really affect how you "burn fat" - It can affect blood sugar, and affect your ability to continue, but it's not really going to matter when you eat your calories in a day... only what and how many you eat affect it.



FITDIVA76
Posts: 64
6/19/13 1:55 P

BITTERQUILL, thank you for your positive insight and answering my question.



BITTERQUILL
Posts: 1,370
6/19/13 1:46 P

The question is at the end of the post: "My question is have anyone ever drunken tea before a workout if so how did it work for you? "

I have, and I didn't notice any sort of difference one way or the other. :)

Whether or not I eat before a workout usually depends on two factors: how long it's been since I last ate, and how long/intense the workout will be. If I get up and immediately start a 2-hour run, having not eaten for 12+ hours since dinner the night before, I will suffer for it with light-headedness and a lack of sufficient energy. If I do a 20-minute workout video two hours after lunch, I'll be just fine.



EFFIGYCO
Posts: 10
6/19/13 1:17 P

It's pretty unlikely that you eating breakfast first or not really impacted you losing ANY weight or not. If you feel like it works for you then fine, keep going. But, excising on an empty stomach has it's own risks like feeling light headed, or potential fainting.

I'm also pretty sure there wasn't a question in your post. So I'm not sure what you want other than praise or to be reprehended.

Also keep in mind a lot of the Tea's and herbel supplements aren't over seen by the FDA so you have really no idea if they work or not. Even if they do, you have no idea what potential side effects they could have. For example St John's Wort has been shown to decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills, and anti anxiety (xanex) pills too. It's also been shown to have a potentially fatal reaction when mixed with red wine, and smoked cheeses.




FITDIVA76
Posts: 64
6/19/13 10:41 A

I have been drinking oolong tea before a workout and add green tea extract for extra energy. For me eating before I work out does not work I tried it for 4 months and didn't get any positive results. Everyone is different, what might works for you might not work me. So I switched back to eating breakfast after my workout.
After I do my workout I immediately eat breakfast such as a protein shake, I use green tea instead of milk or water or a couple of boiled eggs, some type of protein, along with some whole wheat toast or oatmeal.
Last night I had pu erh tea after my last meal, suppose to help with digest your food, suppose to have after you eat. Not very tasty tea but I have so much of it, I don't want it to go to waste.
My question is have anyone ever drunken tea before a workout if so how did it work for you?



 
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