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What to Eat Before You Work Out

Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results

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SIMPLYSMALTZY

1/23/2009 3:07:35 PM

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i usually eat before working out.

most days i have a bowl of kashi vanilla oatmeal and hour before or light string cheese.

CINCITYBELL

1/23/2009 9:20:18 AM

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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.

MALEFICENT1964

1/23/2009 7:29:00 AM

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I drink water all day long but if I eat less than two hours before a workout then it never fails -midway thru the workout -I have to stop and - oh nevermind...

Prefer eating after a workout and not before...

LINBYNN76

1/23/2009 5:56:53 AM

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After doing some research and starting a fitness routine, I felt guilty for not eating prior to my 5:30AM workouts. Now, I know it's okay to eat AFTER and that I'm not breaking any fitness laws!

MRSSLIM120

1/23/2009 12:53:31 AM

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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

STACEY1064

12/28/2008 12:02:34 PM

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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.

WISEWIFE

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)

CATTRINA

12/8/2008 11:01:07 PM

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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.

LINDA120659

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.

CHGEMYSZE4LYFE

9/18/2008 10:16:02 PM

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This is a great article. I realize also one day when I had water before my excercise it did make my work out easier.

JSEXTON1

9/18/2008 11:15:48 AM

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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.

CORONA2004

8/20/2008 5:21:27 PM

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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.

BUFFLER

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.

SAAVY2001

8/20/2008 10:15:59 AM

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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!

KATHERINEHALL

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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