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What to Eat Before You Work Out

Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results

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  • RKEMPER7
    My best weightlifting performance in terms of intensity or maximum weight lifts ( Olympic , Power , plain maximum strength ) definitely and verifiably is and has been if I eat and drink absolutely nothing at all before . I can even state that the less I eat , the better I perform , although I think it is related to having had a good meal the day before , which supports your wise advice . I greatly appreciate Dean Anderson's honesty and great analysis that is true . Thanks very much . - 8/23/2011 4:03:03 PM
  • This is an amazing article! I love it, and the "after-workout" article, because I'm always starving after I work out and if I'm hungry before hand, I can barely make it through 5 or 10 minutes before crashing. Of course, I don't want to eat anything that will ruin all my hard work or make exercise difficult for me.

    Now, if I'm hungry before a workout, I drink a can of Slim-Rite Ultimate, Chocolate Royal flavor (the Kroger version of Slimfast, tastes like the best chocolate milk but only has 170 calories, 5 grams of fat, 24 carbs, 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein). I'm comfortable enough to start my work out about 15 minutes later, without feeling either bloated or starved. I definitely recommend it for people who need a little something before their workout! - 7/13/2011 6:47:10 PM
  • I almost always eat a pre work out snack, usually fruit or toast even within the hour of having my breakfast. Unless its gona be a short workout like 30-45min then I dont need the extra fuel. I actualy added pre workout and post workout meal category to my nutrition tracker. - 5/12/2011 1:45:18 PM
  • RN_MICHELLE
    I need to eat before I workout, but I have to wait about an hour after eating before I can work out. I found that one thing that I can tolerate within 20 minutes or so is Mix 1, a natural protein shake. Any other suggestions would be welcome. - 5/10/2011 1:46:28 PM
  • I find that for morning workouts (which is the only time I seem capable of actually doing the exercise; otherwise I get caught up in my day and never do it) having fruit before hand works fine for me. I can't just get up and start going, because I get so hungry so quickly when I do that. If I have a heavier fruit like banana I need to wait at least half an hour or so, or I also get queasy just as if I hadn't eaten anything. Something lighter and juicier, like grapes, an apple, or a pear I can finish the fruit, put on my exercise clothes, and be good to go. I'm working on maintenance, so I strive for at least 20 minutes of cardio +strength training. I'm often hungry after the cardio; if its not a strength training day, that's fine. Otherwise, some more fruit works fine between the cardio and strength training to quiet my stomach. Fruit is good because its almost all carb and no fat, and is very easy for the body to digest (heavier/less juicy fruits like bananas are harder, but still easier than other things); so my body doesn't have to spend a lot of energy on digesting the fruit, and can still use the energy it needs to for the exercise. - 3/1/2011 2:48:33 PM
  • MEETNEWME
    In the morning, when i do yoga i dont eat anything as yoga is normally done empty stomach. As for evening walks (whenever i do) i dont eat anything - 10/25/2010 6:47:53 AM
  • i have nothing but i will try a shake today befor my workout and see - 10/11/2010 9:41:37 AM
  • Eating a banana or porridge half an hour before strength training works best. I usually eat omlette of egg whites with veggies and wheat bread after workout. I usually feel hungry after about half an hour after the workout. Eating immediately gives me a headache. Its a nice list , have more ideas for breakfast now. - 9/28/2010 12:52:16 PM
  • Whether I eat or not depends onwhen I work out. If I do at the crack of dawn, I can't. If I do later, then I do the smaller "snack" like those mentioned and wait about an hour and I'm fine. I also find that depending on what activity I do, will also determine how tolerant I am of a post exercise snack. - 8/6/2010 8:30:11 AM
  • Thank GOD for this article cause I never eat in the morning. It takes me a long time to get warmed up and started on a empty stomach for now on I am going to eat something. - 6/11/2010 12:05:38 AM
  • I have tried oatmeal in the morning before a workout (7 miles on a bike). I feel queasy.
    I have tried a shake (protein). Still queasy.
    Lots of water with a little juice... not to bad... But ravenous afterword....
    Help... Hypoglycemic issues. I don't want to pass out! - 6/3/2010 10:38:47 PM
  • I always have breakfast first thing in the mornings. As a way to warm my body up, I have been doing yoga poses which gets my mind cleared too, so I don't go for that 2nd cup of coffee. I find I have more energy when I start my cardio & strength workout if I've eaten something 1/2 hour to 1 hour before the major workout. Bananas or fruits are great snacks.

    I am also finding after a workout I am ravenous, so I will be looking for an article to clue me in to what to consume. I have been trying to 24 almond halves to munch while I drink up on the water and its seems to help. I do try after a hard workout to eat within the 1/2 hour to 2 hour range.

    I think I will print this article out to refer back to when I seem to be stalling out in the progress to see if that might be the issue. - 4/9/2010 1:50:01 PM
  • FITMOM9603
    Im experimenting with snacks...since I am starting to up my runs,I think it may be beneficial for me to have something an hour or so before working out.Will see how it works out. - 2/27/2010 8:48:06 AM
  • Looking at all the other comments below:

    A single banana might give you the boost you want without the risk of nausea or stomach upset.

    Also, especially for running, try pre-hydrating hours before but not doing any major volume drinking in the half-hour right before your run. The liquid "sloshing around" in your stomach can create its own problems, including sideaches. - 2/8/2010 10:18:28 PM
  • I'm not sure this is the right recipe for hypoglycemics, though. My pre-exercise snack is usually 100-150 calories with a mix of protein and carbs, or sometimes I just eat half of my lunch before and the rest afterward.

    It might not give optimum performance (my exercise goes well beyond moderate), but it may help lighten the chance of a blood sugar crash afterward. - 2/8/2010 10:14:51 PM

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