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What You Should Eat to Burn Fat During Your Workout

What to Eat to Burn Fat During Your Workout

Deciding what to eat before hitting the gym isn't always easy, but new research might help narrow down your choices. Before grabbing a pre-workout snack consider that what you put in your mouth could determine how much fat you burn while exercising. New research, involving female subjects averaging 24 years in age, shows that a low-glycemic meal causes you to burn about 50 percent more fat during your workout.

Previous studies with similar findings were focused on male and endurance athlete participants, so this new study broke new ground by focusing on women with a "typical healthy weight." Women who ate high-glycemic breakfasts before exercising burned half as much fat as the women who ate low-glycemic meals with the same caloric values. The reason? High-glycemic carbohydrates cause your blood sugar to spike sharply, while low-glycemic carbs let the body use energy for fat burning instead of blood sugar.

To maximize fat burning during your workouts, aim to consume low-glycemic meals consisting of foods like muesli, yogurt, skimmed milk, whole grains, porridge, some whole grain cereals, and soy. What do you eat in the morning before a workout?


joliepetitefille joliepetitefille 8 years
that bowel looks yummy!
monkeyinabarrel monkeyinabarrel 8 years
if i ate yogurt before running in the morning it would be splattered all over the side of the trail . i usually eat a banana or if it is a long run i will eat half a bagel with P.B.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
I'm a cereal girl but I want to switch it up with oatmeal...something more filling.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
Same thing, every day. I'm a creature of habit. :) 1 egg and 1 egg white, microwaved for 1 minute and then seasoned with salt and pepper. And a bowl of porridge made with 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 unsweetened soymilk, 3/4 cup water, 1 T ground flax, raisins, sultanas, goji berries and dried blackcurrants. I love breakfast, and at least it sounds like I'm eating roughly the right sort of food. When I eat depends on what I'm doing that morning, though; I'm either not exercising at all, in which case I eat when I get up, or I'm exercising on the treadmill or doing the 30 Day Shred DVD at home, in which case I do that before I make breakfast because once I'm on the couch with my porridge and my morning TV my motivation to go for a walk/jog is gone! Or I'm going out to the gym or the pool, in which case I'll get up early and have breakfast first, since otherwise I'll end up starving by the time I get back home and shower.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
Ugh, no food for me before my morning workouts. I have a protein bar, a banana, and coffee with half a cup of skim milk after my workout.
neonbee neonbee 8 years
I rarely workout right after breakfast. If I do though, I just eat yogurt with muesli. I eat oatmeal with honey regularly though.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I personally don't have much of an appetite when I wake up to work out, so I don't eat until after I work out most of the time. Generally, my post-workout meal is a bowl of oatmeal and a piece of fruit and sometimes a yogurt. I don't think it's always necessary to eat something before you work out if you aren't hungry. I don't usually eat unless I feel physically hungry and that's given me good results so far.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
I have coffee. And water. After I work out I take a while before eating a meal.
esweet esweet 8 years
Fit, what about bananas? I exercise first-thing in the morning, so too early for breakfast, but I eat 1/2 a banana before working out. Should that be a piece of whole-grain toast or yogurt instead?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
In the cold weather my preworkout meal is either oatmeal or a baked sweet potato. Currently in the warm weather it's granola and fat free plain yogurt with a drizzle of agave nectar.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I like to workout in the evening. It helps me fall asleep and prevents me from breaking my diet. If I workout in the morning, I get hungry later on in the day and tend to eat more.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
i like eggs for breakfast, but i don't workout in the morning. i usually workout after work, then i might have some nuts or something beforehand but can usually do without.
Peggasus Peggasus 8 years
Usually I have some homemade yogurt with some fruit (strawberries lately) or some lowfat cottage cheese with fruit (crushed pineapple). Not very much of either, though, maybe 1/2 cup.
kumquatlicious kumquatlicious 8 years
If I wake up and head straight for a jog, I find that I have absolutely no energy, so most days I try and drink water and have a banana and wheat toast with peanut butter. Sounds like maybe I should skip the banana (high in sugar?) though and have some yogurt instead.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Organic oatmeal and mint green tea is my breakfast most days. Sometimes I throw a banana in there, too. I find myself feeling more energetic after i eat that rather than some other alternatives. Plus its not heavy enough to mess with my morning walk or yoga. Try doing yoga on a full stomach... noooo fun!
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