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Eating and Working out... What's best?

Eating and Working out... What's best?

Do you wonder if it is better to eat before or after a work out? I did, so here is some info to help you decide.

If you can hold off then you may want to eat afterwards because a full stomach can lead to cramping and discomfort while working out and a very uncomfortable work out. In short, this happens because your body uses blood to digest your food but it uses more blood to keep your muscles going, so our bodies prioritize and digestion takes a back seat to fueling the muscles and so the food just sits in your belly.

When you're done, eat something balanced in carbohydrates and protein -- your muscles will appreciate the added nutrients after working so hard.

Fit's Tip: If you're hungry before working out then definitely eat something (but make it light and easy to digest - like yogurt) because exercising while hungry can lead to feeling weak and a less than optimal work out.

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Blondie82 Blondie82 10 years
When I run in the mornings I don't eat anything before, but when I go to the gym after work I usually eat a tablespoon of peanut butter and half of and apple about 30 min before.
amybdk amybdk 10 years
I eat a packet of oatmeal. It's perfect because it doesn't weigh me down.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i eat post workout, but i really eat... like a lot. I love it!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I work out first thing in the morning so I don't eat first. I drink water on the way there and while I workout and on the way home and then I try to eat something like toast with peanut butter when I get home.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I have to have something in my stomach before I work out. I'll usually have a Carnation Instant Breakfast drink. It works for me, but the bad thing is that it's high in sugar. Yogurt doesn't do it for me.
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