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What to Eat Before You Work Out

Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results

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  • I usually fill up with water shortly after waking up and then hit the elliptical for aerobic exercise and get a good workout. I eat within a half hour afterwards. I do my strength training in the evenings. - 11/4/2009 7:57:31 PM
  • I usually have some kefir (drinkable yogurt) just before I go exercise, and then often a luna bar while I am on the elliptical trainer if I need it (I can get low blood sugar and boink otherwise). But I'm not sure if it's the right thing. - 11/2/2009 12:04:01 AM
  • I don't usually eat before a workout. I find that it makes me nauseous especially when I am doing a yoga class. - 10/31/2009 8:40:32 AM
  • PHYLLIS160
    I have a protein drink before my morning work out..

    Phyllis 160 - 10/7/2009 3:41:14 PM
  • I eat lunch at 1 and usually go running at 6:30 or 7 so I definitely need a snack beforehand. A banana is usually perfect. I usually don't need a snack before strength training because for some reason I don't get that "my limbs are too heavy" running out of energy feeling when I do strength.

    I really have a hard time with morning exercise. This morning I whipped up the perfect pre-running breakfast a banana with 2 tbsp peanut butter and 20g spelt museli, and ran an hour later. I still experienced the same lethargic lack of energy as I always do when I try to run in the morning, only less severely than in the past. I think my body just really doesn't like morning exercise; my evening runs usually have me bursting with energy. This wouldn't be a problem except that most running events are in the morning. - 8/29/2009 6:35:13 PM
  • JANADA31
    The last time I tried to run like a half hour after I ate I threw up all over the sidewalk..... but it didn't used to be like that when I was in high school a couple years ago.... I think its cause my digestion is catching up to me:) - 8/26/2009 4:37:30 PM
  • I eat my breakfast in the morning after I awake....do some of my sparkpage while I allow my stomach to settle. About an hour later I am doing my cardio. - 8/6/2009 8:08:13 PM
  • Literally it upsets my stomach if I eat before I workout.

    my stomach cramps up, then i have to stop, and go take care biz. - 7/27/2009 11:01:36 AM
  • MLPMCCORMICK
    I use to excercise on an empty stomach to avoid cramps and I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting any results. Now I eat a piece of fruit or half a bagel with peanut butter while I am warming up..at 5:30 am. I am glad someone clued me into this trick and guess what? No Cramps..hmmm..who knew? - 7/20/2009 1:15:54 PM
  • I find that my workout goes better if I have eaten something light within 2 hours of my workout, but have exercised first thing in the morning with no food and had a good workout. I do know that I am definitely hungrier AFTER my cardio or strength, and I usually try to plan ahead to what I will eat or I am likely to grab something I shouldn't. - 5/14/2009 5:23:16 PM
  • I like the idea. I think it will really help me on this hard journey of losing weight and get back in shape. - 5/8/2009 2:26:23 AM
  • I have to say that I've never been a big banana fan, but really having a banana before I head out the door for a run has proven the most convenient thing. It keeps my energy up and I'm not crazy ravenous when I walk back in the door. I follow my workouts with a balance of carbs and protein: oatmeal and a yogurt or high-fiber, whole grain cereal with milk. I might try to up my post-workout protein intake after reading this. Maybe keep some hardboiled eggs in the fridge. (Just eat the egg whites, of course!) Overall, great info and lots of new ideas! - 5/2/2009 11:27:29 PM
  • SDDIETER
    Great article. I I exercise starting at 5:30 or 6 :30 am. (If I don't do it soon after I wake up it does not get done). I use my wii fit or exercise DVDs on weekdays for 30 minutes to 1 hour. I felt guilty when I didn't feel hungry prior to exercise. I thought I must force myself to eat something. I make a 1/2 scoop protein, 1/2 cup yogurt and fresh frozen fruit shake in the morning , mmm mm good.. I feel so full in the morning and now save the shake for after exercise. Some days I will drink the whole shake afterwards and sometimes I drink some after exercise and put the rest in a mug and finish the rest after I arrive at work. - 3/21/2009 10:34:41 AM
  • I have a 1/4 c. of oatmeal before my workout, and follow up my workout with a protein such as cottage cheese and grapes or yogurt with whey protein powder and granola. - 1/23/2009 11:41:03 PM
  • MERESANKH
    I work out at 5:30 AM. I found that I had to have something before working out or I would get very sick and shaky about half an hour into my workout. But eating food at 5 AM was not appealing. I finally solved the dilemma by purchasing a shaker cup and shaking up a scoop of protein shake with a cup of milk or soy milk to drink before I head out the door. That seems to tide me over without weighing me down. - 1/23/2009 10:31:02 PM

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