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Eating & Drinking While Working Out: Not Needed

Eating & Drinking While Working Out: Not Needed

I don't know if you experience this but I typically spot someone eating while working out at least once every few weeks. I get the theory behind it, but for most of us, it's not necessary.

Unless you're working out for longer than two hours per day, you really do not need to supplement with high-energy (aka high calories) bars and drinks during your workout (or at all really). If you're worried about thirst, take along some water or even a sports drink (though keep in mind that most sports drinks are very high in sugar). If you're worried that you're too hungry to workout, then eat something light and easy to digest first or try and hold off until afterwards. If you are so starving you can't imagine going another minute without eating, then chances are you shouldn't be working out at that moment anway. Eating while working out is not only unsanitary for the gym, but it can lead to stomach cramping and discomfort.

Oh, and under no circumstances is it OK to eat a Subway Italian Sandwich while on the bike -- Don't laugh, I've seen it done.

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redsnapper redsnapper 10 years
If I'm hungry before I workout, I like to have a hardboiled egg or a couple of slices of turkey...high protein snack.
mollipop mollipop 10 years
I can't imagine how someone can eat a full sandwhich while working out. If I eat about an hour or less before a workout, I will probably be sick.
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 10 years
Oh, really?
SU3 SU3 10 years
I can't believe the whole Subway sandwich and Doritos thing! Really?!
econinsf econinsf 10 years
I work out for longer periods of time, at least an hour of cardio a day. I can't really eat much before I work out since it makes me feel sort of ill. I found the best drink additive for me. It is called Carbo Pro. My triathalon coach recommended it. It is completely clear and tasteless and it has 115 calories and 28 grams of carbs per scoop. I was skeptical at first but after a year of training I don't know how I ever worked out without it. My energy levels stay high my entire workout. The carbs are complex carbs as well and are easily absorbed due to the liquid format as opposed to a bar that takes longer to digest. You can find it online or if you live in San Francisco, the Sports Basement carries it.
smarler smarler 10 years
I guess they think they are multi-tasking. But why even bother to go to the gym if you're just going to ruin it with chips and fattening sandwiches while you're working out!
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
um...eating while working out...people seriously do that? that negates everything you're doing. and especially when you're putting crap into your body that won't do it good.
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
I saw someone eating crackers with peanut butter.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Seriously about the Subway and Dorrito thing? GROSS!
jhuck jhuck 10 years
I've always been taught to eat after exercise, which pretty much came from eating fruit after hockey games. I could NEVER eat at least 3 hours before a game or during a game. It would make me feel extremely sick and would bring me down from my full potential.
lee14 lee14 10 years
I know! I once saw someone eating Doritos while on the exercise bike lol.. go figure
krisua krisua 10 years
I agree that the "cosmic liquid foods" in all sorts of packages are just an exaggeration.
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