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Old 02-28-2005, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am planning on starting to workout in the mornings around 7:00 AM and am wondering if it is best eat before or after my workout. What would you recommend?
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Dave wrought this article for a health mag. The same applies to adults.

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Nutrition In A Nutshell

Eating and Playing

Did you know that food stays in your stomach for four hours? From there, it goes into the small intestines where digestive juices break it down further for an additional four hours. An incredible amount of energy is needed for the entire process of digestion, which in total takes about twelve hours!

Keep the first four hours in mind because this is where the problem lies when activities are concerned. We all know (I hope) that eating and swimming just don’t mix. Well this is the same for any other activity: bicycling, weight lifting, jogging, etc. There just isn’t enough blood to go around and do everything at once. So be aware of what’s going on in your body when you decide to eat knowing that physical demands are about to occur.

The same holds true when children are fed just before playing sports. I’m sure you’ve seen it time and time again as I have, the kids sitting off to the sides not participating in the game because they don’t feel too well after playing for a little while. This is especially true with soccer. You know the usual complaints; i.e. cramps heartburn, sore legs, headache, tiredness etc.

All of these can be attributed to eating too close to exercise. Glucose levels fluctuate, Hydrochloric acid temporarily subsides and digestion stops beginning a sort of domino effect. If you’d like to avoid all this simply do not eat anything a minimum of 2 hours beforehand. This will ensure maximum protection against these problems, and allow for more energy and strength for play.

One thing that is needed before, during, and after play is fluid! The very best of course would be water. 100% juice is very good also. I’m not talking about “Fruitopia”, “Gatorade”, or “High C”; I mean straight unadulterated juice without added sugar. Labels are misleading, read the ingredients. If its got sugar in it or you need a chemist to read it…put it back! You want to talk about mood swings and tiredness this is the stuff that does it. The brain is sensitive to glucose fluctuations and some of us are extremely sensitive!

So play it safe and hold off on eating too close to activities and avoid sugar for longer and harder play.


David P. Hoyt, MS, CPT NHP.

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Personally, I eat a small, balanced meal about 4hrs before going to the gym, then about 15mins before leaving for the gym I have a pint of cranberry and grapefruit juice, IMO the protein, fats and complex carbs from the meal give me the sustained energy and the simple carbs from the juice give me an energy 'blast' during the cardio part of my workout (as soon as I get to the gym).

I am in no way a nutrionist or qualified such as David is, this is just what works for me!
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hey... if you're trying to lose body fat, definately try to avoid eating for about 3 hours before you workout... I've even been told to avoid any type of 'power' drink or bar, because then when you work out, you'll be burning off the calories from the food and not the body fat...

On a personal note, in my experience if I eat food within 2 hours of working out, especially if it has dairy (I don't know why this is... one doctor said I may I have a mild food allergy), I'll get really bad side cramps usually 6-12 minutes into my workout.
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Re: Eat before or after...

do cardio early in the mornings that by the time you come back from it its time for breakfast then eat reularly throughout the day about every 2-2.5 hours

i start to feel hunger pains at around 3 hours but at around 2 my buddy tells me its time to eat again..
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Re: Eat before or after...

If your just doing morning cardio, do not eat, 30-45 minutes moderate intensity

if you are doing any kind of strength training, eat a nice balanced meal 30 minutes prior. you need the calories!!! egg whites/oatmeal... protein shake with fruit.. something along those lines
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don't eat, do the workout first
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I eat a fruit before I play raquetball for 1 hour.
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I eat donuts before, soda during and twix after.
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