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Old 01-17-2010, 12:55 PM   #1
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Once, the theory was eat after morning cardio so your body would start on consuming out of the fat cells sooner. Then I heard you should eat before so your body is willing to let go of the fat cells because it doesn't percieve famine. Any ideas on what the current thought is or does it matter?

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The answer is whatever you prefer. For me, I much prefer eating AFTER my workout. I find that eating before makes it difficult for me to really get going. If I felt as if I had to do something I would probably eat raw almonds.
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yeah it's up to you but I eat after my workout too...if I ate before I don't think I'd get to it in the mornings like I do now. It's just too much to do at 5:30!
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:16 PM   #4
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I always eat after cardio.

Though, I could see how one's body could perceive it as famine if you are already at a low body fat %. But, I'm no expert. I do know a lot of fitness models recommend eating after... at least the ones whose blogs I read.

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I am a late night eater, so part of my plan is to stop eating entirely at 7 p.m. Thus, when I wake up, I'm REALLY hungry. So, I eat something light when I wake up at 5:30 (think an apple or yogurt) so I don't feel like I'm starving when I exercise, take my daughter to her early morning class, then work out at 6:00 or so. But what I've heard time and time again is that your body needs some protein right after working out so that it will retain the muscle, so I eat my largest meal after I work out. (I actually drink some protein water immediately after, then after about a half an hour, I'll eat something more substantial, as I am always a little queasy right after a work-out.)
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My understanding is that you should do both. I've read never to exercise on an empty stomach, you'll just burn muscle as opposed to fat. Eat something light like almonds, apple, even a glass of milk, something with carbs to give you energy within an hour of waking up and before you workout. Follow your workout with something high protein to help rebuild your muscles about 30 mins after your workout is completed. I usually drink a glass of milk right after I work out, then wait 30 mins and eat my meal.
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