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DOCRESH1 Posts: 25
8/9/13 2:11 P

Thanks everyone for the replies and advice :)

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 66,009
8/9/13 12:42 P

Anarie is correct. There is no scientific evidence that exercising before a meal speeds up weight loss.

Coach Jen

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
8/9/13 10:53 A

What qualifications and degrees does your "coach" have? I'm guessing at most she has a personal trainer certificate, which you can essentially get by mail after watching videos.

You're right and she's wrong. Exercise on an empty stomach doesn't have any benefits, and if you're getting dizzy and faint, it's harming you. In fact, I had to read what you wrote a couple of times to understand it, not because it didn't make perfect sense but because we almost always hear the opposite-- people say that they don't like to eat before their workout or they don't have time, but everyone insists they *should* eat breakfast first. Eating 1-2 hours before a workout is ideal, in fact, because it gives time for the body to start breaking down what you've eaten before you start, making the fuel available when you need it.

Encouraging you to work out for over an hour when you haven't eaten for the previous 8-10 hours is NOT good practice. If you've told her that it makes you feel dizzy and hypoglycemic and she still insists, that's downright irresponsible.

If this coach is brilliant at teaching you new exercises with good form or at motivating you to try harder, then keep her on for that, but ignore her nutritional advice. If this is just one item on a list of things you disagree about, though, it might be time for a new coach.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,333
8/9/13 9:43 A

unless your breakfast is pure simple carbs, what you're eating an hour or two before working out isn't going to be digested enough to be used til after your workout anyways. which is why it's better to do what already works for you.

DOCRESH1 Posts: 25
8/9/13 9:01 A

Well, she says its much better to exercise before breakfast as it sppeds up the weight loss process

NIRERIN Posts: 14,333
8/9/13 8:57 A

i'm going to go with "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." if you already have a workout and eating regimen that works for you, stick to it. some people do better eating before, others after. and it can take quite a bit of work to find the balance between having enough fuel to make it through your workout and eating the right amount at at the right time. so if you already have found that balance, don't go looking for another balance unless something goes off [you are too full to work out, you're too weak to work out, your breakfast isn't keeping you through your workout]. and if your workouts aren't where you want them, by all means, try something new. but if your means gets you where you want to be, why would you look for a different way get where you're already getting?

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,612)
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8/9/13 8:40 A

Why did she say it was better to eat before breakfast?

If you feel better when you workout AFTER eating, then I would keep doing that. Your body is going to burn the same amount of calories either way. If you haven't had a problem with it so far, I don't see any reason to change it now.

LGREGG07 SparkPoints: (44,927)
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8/9/13 8:28 A

Why not try a slice of WW toast with peanut butter and sliced bananas? If you're feeling weak on only a banana and milk (which I'm pretty sure I would too!) I think that adding something with a little more protein/carbs/healthy fats would be a good idea. I would just be careful about eating too much before you workout because that could cause cramping/nausea which isn't good either

DOCRESH1 Posts: 25
8/9/13 8:20 A

Hi, I would usually exercise 1-2 hrs post breakfast, however my coach suggested that its best to exercise before breakfast.She has suggested that I hv a banana and a glass of milk before work-outs. I tend to feel very weak n giddy just within 30-40 mins of work-out.My usual work-outs last for 75 to 90 minutes daily.Can anybody provide me with some suggestions what to eat prior to work-out so I dont feel hypoglycemic..
Thanks :)

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