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