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What to Eat Before You Work Out

Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results

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  • 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
  • i usually eat before working out.

    most days i have a bowl of kashi vanilla oatmeal and hour before or light string cheese. - 1/23/2009 3:07:35 PM
  • 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. - 1/23/2009 9:20:18 AM
  • 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... - 1/23/2009 7:29:00 AM
  • 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! - 1/23/2009 5:56:53 AM
  • 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 - 1/23/2009 12:53:31 AM
  • 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. - 12/28/2008 12:02:34 PM
  • WISEWIFE
    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) - 12/15/2008 8:53:39 AM
  • 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. - 12/8/2008 11:01:07 PM
  • LINDA120659
    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. - 11/24/2008 6:54:33 PM
  • This is a great article. I realize also one day when I had water before my excercise it did make my work out easier. - 9/18/2008 10:16:02 PM
  • 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. - 9/18/2008 11:15:48 AM
  • 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 5:21:27 PM

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