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DIAMONDARIES1 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/13/12 6:37 A

1-2hourz before a workout I eat either a banana and a protein drink. Or I'll have oatmeal . This is to giver energy so I don't get lightheaded.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
11/13/12 4:59 A

I work out in the morning and without having eaten anything before so my stomach is completely empty. This works great for me as eating before I work out makes me feel like I'm going to throw up during my workout. I just eat afterwards. I have had no problems with this -- I'm used to it. Maybe in the beginning I might have felt a bit hungry, I can't remember. Now it's just routine.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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11/12/12 11:54 P

usually, I work out in the "morning" before work - so I eat my breakfast about 1.5 hours before I hit the gym. I usually have either eggs of some sort or oatmeal depending on what sounds good to me that day

JENTRY07 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/12/12 1:12 P

It really all depends on your goal and what type of workout you are doing, cardio or strength training. If you are doing cardio I would suggest giving yourself at least an hour or two before you workout for your food to digest. A mix of a lean protein and complex carb will help give you the energy to power through your workout.
Here's a great article that should help clear any questions up for you:

ELOQUENTZ SparkPoints: (6,844)
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11/12/12 11:56 A

For me, if I'm working out early evening, hours after lunch, I'll need something carby like small bowl of cereal, some fruit etc. If I work out in the early morning, when it's been even longer since dinner, I need a bit more food before I start, including protein.

Afterwards, I love a glass of milk.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
11/12/12 9:17 A

I think it depends on what time your class is. If it's an evening class, presumably you're eating dinner at some point so then I'd eat dinner about a hour & a half-two hours before your class and call it a day. I might eat an apple or banana afterwards.

ELLGEEBEE SparkPoints: (1,038)
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11/11/12 11:43 P

I second the suggestion about something like an apple w/ 1 tbsp peanut butter. I read somewhere that it is helpful to eat some combination of a carb + a healthy fat, but I also try to add some protein in there too. Make sure you don't eat (or drink lots of water) RIGHT before your workout because you could end up feeling sick. I usually try to eat about 1 1/2- 2 hours before I work out.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
11/11/12 10:33 P

I like banana/apple with peanut/almond butter.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,230)
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11/6/12 9:46 A

It depends on how many calories you would be burning. It also depends on if you are sensitive to working out on an empty stomach.

One can burn up to 20% of the daily caloric allowance without any need to eat a snack arising. Usually this translates to half to one hour of workout.

Note that it will take several hours before your body can have access to the energy provided by the snack that you eat. So the issue is not so much as fueling your body before the exercise but if you are sensitive to exercising with an empty stomach or not. If you are, then obviously you should eat a sensible portion of any whole food convenient for you.

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (291,667)
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11/6/12 9:25 A

handful of almonds

N16351D Posts: 2,349
11/6/12 9:06 A

If I need a little food to keep me going before, during, and after a workout until I can get a meal, I have 1/2 - 1piece of fresh, frozen, or canned fruit.

MMEEAAGGX3 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/25/12 6:12 P

Things high in protein to last you longer. :)

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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10/25/12 4:35 P

I agree with Kylar. On that everyone is different and that for me, I like to eat a good meal and let it digest a couple hours before any heavy workouts. It can sometimes be a fine line and have at time waited too long. So when I do that, I just eat something light to hold me through.

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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10/25/12 3:59 P

Its different for each person, you just have to find what works for you. For many, a fruit about half an hour before they go is perfect. Others don't need anything at all. Me, I eat a big sandwich and an apple 3-4 hours before and then I feel light on my feet by the time the workout comes.

And then there are the people who can eat a full meal right before they workout and be just fine (funny story, our QB in highschool would get tacobell brought to him in the locker room just before the game started. I couldn't imagine trying to compete with that junk food in me but it obviously was perfect for him)

So try something for this first one and see how you feel, then adjust as neccesary

RWALFORD SparkPoints: (0)
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10/25/12 2:23 P

i normally have a banana or an apple. something lite.

ANNAFRECKER SparkPoints: (0)
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10/25/12 1:11 P

Im not much help here cause I workout at 6 in the morning so I just take a preworkout and that gets me through without sidestitches or low blood sugar. But boy am I hungry when I am done! Try an apple and pb or apple and toast. Carbs fuel the workout. Some drink Mio Energy while they are working out and the caffeine keeps them going. hope that helps!

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10/25/12 12:46 P

Hi All: I am going to a cardio kick-boxing class tonight. What is the best kinds of things to eat before a work-out like that? I don't want to get sick from over-eating, but don't want to pass out from not eating enough. thanks.

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