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What to Eat Before You Work Out

Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results


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  • JAN6325
    I always drink a (8.25 oz) light "Muscle Milk" before my workout and one after my workout. Usually in the car on my way to the gym and then one on my way home. It is just what I need to get me through.
  • That's not a picture of pie! It looks like a pineapple ring with cottage cheese on top. I bet it would taste satisfying like pie, though! :)
  • Very good and helpful information, now I will be more likely to eat before going on that high power am walk.
    T was kind of hoping you were going to tell me I had to eat that pie!
    I ike a cereal bar before working out, but I will try a banana today instead
    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 .
  • 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!
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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
  • i have nothing but i will try a shake today befor my workout and see
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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