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3/8/13 6:40 A

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Regardless of what you do, especially any activity after waking up the body needs something to work off of. Shake, fruit, a meal at least 30 mins prior gives your body fuel to burn and prevents it from going into starvation mode. I'm one who has begun to "count" what I eat and ensure I replenish what the body tells you it needs even if you're just walking. Proteins to replenish, sugars - energy, fiber - keep things moving, and above all water. A recommended pre workout thing to try would be 8ou almond milk or 2% milk, with one banana, 1 table spoon of peanut butter and 1/4 cup of steel oats or reg oatmeal all mixed in blender into smoothie. the oats take longer to burn through and can get you through the morning walks with no problems. If not your thing on my long weekend walks I always start with 16ou of water, hard boiled egg or Larabar, and banana. Most people who shutdown fail to properly fuel and refuel before, during and after. Most plateaus are from body getting use to the routine and lack of fuel.

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3/4/13 11:00 P

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If I am working out early in the morning, especially if it is just steady state cardio I will usually not eat before hand - I am not big on breakfast.

If I am lifting weights I do try to have a couple of bites of something about 30 min before or I end up tanking and feeling really green about halfway through. If I have been lifting weights I also make sure that i do get some good quality protein soon after the workout.

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10/16/12 12:58 P

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I know this is an older topic but decided to reply anyway, as its a relevant topic on several levels.

1. You don't want to exercise 'full' as your lungs can't expand as fully, but a light something is a good idea. It's never a good idea to skip breakfast.

2. In general, I think it's a good idea to put the word diet out of your vocabulary.vthink of this process as a new you. A new way of eating. A new way of taking care of you. Diets don't work. We lose, but most gain it right back. Why? Because we don't let ourselves have the foods we like foe x amount of months to lose weight. Portions are what matter, and calories. I count calories, and just stay within my budgeted amount, and do my exercise routine.

3. Good for you on losing those pounds!

Walking is great exercise, I've found, even for those like me that are not in the best of health. I've still managed to lose inches, weight and feel better generally, all with walking and counting those calories.

I admit, I bought a digital food scale and a treadmill, bit there is no food that is off limits to me. I'm going to eat what I like. I'm just going to keep track. My last tip is to NEVER punish yourself if you have a day when you go over on calories. Leave yesterday where it belongs, in the past.

Oh, and drink water. If you're like me and hate it, ise those nice crystal light packets til you can learn to drink it. Baby steps and rewards.

Remember, when you punish yourself for slips, you make food and eating too important. Remember, I'm no doctor. These are just things I'm finding that are working for me. I've lost nearly 20 lbs in about 2 months.

I will be thinner and healthier if it kills me. We don't say diet in our house-ever. Diets fail!


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7/27/12 11:27 P

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Short and/or easy work-out, no problem without breakfast, etc.

Long and/or hard work-out, I want carb loading a day or more before ... and calories to burn on through the exercise or conditioning or work period.

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7/26/12 9:49 P

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I guess it depends on how much working out you do on the empty stomach. A short workout shouldn't matter too much. I like to walk early in the morning and will eat after I get home as I hate spending my cooler morning time not outside.

That said, I also believe that breakfast is an important meal. Going too long without eating can really cause you to retain calories because you are going too long without eating.

Give it a try and eat a breakfast either before or after your workout and count it as part of your entire calories. It may make you less hungry during the day and less likely to eat during the afternoon.

Many recommend that you eat the bulk of your calories in the morning and less in the evening which is exactly the opposite of what we do most of the time. You may find yourself even more successful.



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7/26/12 5:42 P

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well I have heard that it's best to eat first and then work out cause it is suppose to give you more energy but I don't like eating before i work out either so may be it depend on the person but if your getting your results, then keep doing what you doing. Good Luck

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7/26/12 9:02 A

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Most things I read say to eat before working out. I'm like you I'm not a big breakfast eater. I try to eat something light like a banana before working out.

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7/25/12 9:36 P

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How many of you prefer to work out on an empty stomach? My goal is to lose 60 lbs by doing it the old fashion way - diet and exercise, no pills. I get up every morning at 5 AM w/o eating breakfast and walk on the treadmill for 30-35 mins 5 days a week and strength training twice a week. After working out, I may eat a bowl of cereal if I have time before I leave for work or eat a cereal bar if I don't have the time. Honestly, I 'm really not a breakfast eater so it really doesn't bother me if I don't get a chance to eat something or not, but I often try to put something in my system especially after working out. I understand that many fitness experts have been debating about this very subject for a very long time. Some experts recommend for people to not work out on an empty stomach b/c it will cause to lose muscle which is something that I don't want to do whereas others say that it will cause to burn fat a lot faster. I'm going into my 3rd week, doing the above morning routine which have caused me to already loose 6 lbs. I figure if it is not making me sick nor causing me to pass out by working out an empty stomach it should be ok to continue what I've been doing. Do you agree with me or do you think this could be quite dangerous for me in the long run? Your feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



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