The whole blood sugar thing definitely affects me. I have to have a small meal of some sort before working out. Usually a piece of whole wheat toast and an egg does the trick. It doesn't 'stick' in my stomach and keeps the dizziness and fainting away.
I usually eat before I exercise to give myself energy and to burn up calories. I eat whatever is on my plan that day. Sometimes its fruit, veggies or some protein. Smoothies with an energy boost are GREAT! too
I work out @ 6a.m. I always stuggle with not eating and feeling tired or eating too much and feeling too full during my workout. I usually just do what my body is telling me. If I need a little pick me up, I will eat yogurt or a cereal bar before I work out. I also carry cereal bars with me to the gym just in case I start feeling my energy level dropping.
12/15/2008 8:53:39 AM
I exercise an hour after dinner, and don't eat anything after that. My diabetes doesn't factor into it at all, of course I'm keeping that in check by eating low carb. Never had the issues described here, and I do 60 minutes of cardio every night ( and often dp an extra 1.5 mile walk in the afternoon hours after eating)
WELL , I CAN'T WORK OUT TOO MUCH BUT, WHEN I GO FOR A WALK OR ON THE TRADE MILL OR ELIPTICAL MACHINE I USUALLY MAKE SURE I HAVE MY WATER BOTTLE AND I HAVE EATEN SOMETHING LIKE A FRUIT OR CEREAL HALF HOUR BEFORE.
11/24/2008 6:54:33 PM
When I work out in the morning, I found that just a couple of spoonfuls of Yogurt helped eliminate feeling light headed. I would then finish the yogurt after my workout with plenty of water.
Great article! I've always been curious about pre-working habits because I hear different things from everywhere so it's great to have this cleared up. I have personally noticed that I tend to lack "natural" energy prior to workouts and even by tracking my daily food intake, it was plain to see that I'm not getting enough carbs in my diet which is why my energy levels are lacking.
I try to eat in the morning but I work out at 6:00am I get up at 5:45 to make it to the gym by 6 so I eat after I work out.
8/20/2008 3:11:00 PM
Thanks for the great article- I learned this the hard way a couple of years ago while going "low carb" and trying to maintain my running distances/pace. Can you say BONK?!!! I leared that if I was going to exercise, carbs had to be a part of my diet.
I have never eaten before exercising. Today, I tried eating some oatmeal an hour before exercising, and I noticed a difference. I felt more energized!
8/20/2008 8:43:23 AM
I have always been a morning person and therefore exercise very early in the morning before breakfast. I have never had a problem with low energy levels because of this.. Unfortunately though, I have a ferocious appetite afterwards. I find that a breakfast with plenty of protein ( I try to keep it reasonably lean) and few carbs takes care of my hunger for hours.
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