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Old 03-01-2008, 10:27 AM   #1
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Which do you do? Do you think one is better for your body than another?
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:34 AM   #2
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I think it's personal preference whether you eat, what, and how soon before you work out. But it's very important to eat afterwards in order to replenish your energy stores and speed muscle healing. Many nutritionists say that the post-workout meal is best time to eat starchy carbs because your muscles can quickly utilize the carbs. So it's best to shoot for a protein and carb meal within an hour or so of finishing your workout.

I personally don't eat before I work out because I hit the gym at 5:30 am and would throw up if I had food in my stomach then. My reward for a good workout is breakfast!

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Old 03-01-2008, 11:11 AM   #3
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I prefer to work out before. I don't like working out with food in my belly as I tend to feel ill during the workout.

But After a big meal, I do like to go for a walk. It helps it digest faster

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Old 03-01-2008, 11:12 AM   #4
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I eat about 30 - 45 minutes after a workout. I do drink water about a half hour before and then during as needed plus afterwards.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:41 AM   #5
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It all depends on you and your needs. I do it both before and after depending on the time of the day of my work out. It didn't make a difference either way.
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:57 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by bluex View Post
I do it both before and after depending on the time of the day of my work out.
Same here.
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:03 PM   #7
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I usually work out after my work day (it gives me something to look forward too after sitting on my butt at a desk all day)... so I eat dinner after I'm done exercising but if I'm really hungry before my workout I'll eat a piece of fruit or some sort of small snack.

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Old 03-01-2008, 01:38 PM   #8
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I prefer to exersize on an empty stomach, because I feel sick otherwise.

But, if I'm really famished then I will have a piece of fruit before I start.

Like Meg said, I think it's a personal preference: do what is best for you.
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:12 PM   #9
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If I'm hungry I'll have a small high protein snack before, drink water during, then eat after. I don't like my stomach to be too full but I have no energy if I'm too hungry.
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:33 PM   #10
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I have always eaten a little something after a workout...because of all the water and toxins that were cleansed while working out it really helps me to replenish right afterwards.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:35 PM   #11
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I have found that I eat breakfast and then wait about an hour or a bit more, then exercise. I am NOT a morning person, so I can not just pop out of bed and hit the treadmill. I sloooowly wake up, drink my tea, have b-fast, read email, then get my workout clothes on and hit the treadmill.
I also have problems with exercise induced urticaria (hives with intense itching), it is recommended to not eat within an hour of exercising to reduce this. Since I have been making sure to wait an hour, I have very little issue with this now. If I start to get itchy, I just keep going and within about 5 minutes it passes.
Usually afterwards I drink V-8 and if I feel hungry, I have a snack of fruit or a SBD cereal bar.
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Old 03-02-2008, 06:59 AM   #12
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I go running before sunrise (currently at about 5:45 AM) and I always eat breakfast before I go. I don't eat a lot, but I have hypoglycemia and can't accomplish anything at all in the morning if I haven't eaten something.

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Old 03-02-2008, 07:55 AM   #13
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I usually always have a cup of tea and a bowl of Kashi with soy milk before I workout. However, last night I was cruising Google trying to find tips for losing belly fat fast. I'm starting a job that requires me to tuck in my shirt!! I found an article that suggest working out in the morning before eating because the body is in fasting mode after sleeping all night and the workout will burn the fat stores. It was suggested that I eat, especially protein, soon after finishing my workout. I have no idea if this is a good idea or not, but I'm going to give it a try.

I do wonder how the belly's look in the group that doesn't eat first.
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