Eat before or after??

  • needleninja

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    Jan 23, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    yo,

    this question just popped into my head and i was wondering if realjock could help me out. i was wondering which is more effective:

    eating before a workout or after?

    i have a high metabolism, so im able to burn off food, but at the same time, im trying to get the work out to actully work.
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    Jan 23, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    EAT something light, wait an hour and a half, workout, immediately EAT after.
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    Jan 23, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    BOTH! Especially if your intention is to gain muscle. Either way, you need fuel for your body for the workout and then fuel to keep your metabolism going
  • needleninja

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    Jan 23, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    this is so helpful icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 23, 2011 5:27 PM GMT
    needleninja saidyo,

    this question just popped into my head and i was wondering if realjock could help me out. i was wondering which is more effective:

    eating before a workout or after?

    i have a high metabolism, so im able to burn off food, but at the same time, im trying to get the work out to actully work.


    Both
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    Jan 23, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    Eat before if you plan on lifting weights; Eat after if you plan on doing cardio
  • tazzari

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    Jan 24, 2011 11:37 PM GMT
    You have to have something in you to train well and effectively, so eat a little before. There is a half-hour window after training when you absorb food better: use it - you'll recover faster and be more prepared for the next session.

    But try to eat well!
  • nicelyproport...

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    Jan 25, 2011 12:17 AM GMT
    FlippSide saidEat before if you plan on lifting weights; Eat after if you plan on doing cardio


    Same for me. Before I work out in the morning, I drink coffee and eat a light meal (Fage 0% yogurt, fresh berries, whole grain cereal). On mornings that I run, I drink the coffee but hold off eating until after I've returned from the 7 miles.
  • Danskerb

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    Jan 25, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    I always have a bite of my lunch before I hit the gym, and finish it off after.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Jan 25, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    needleninja saidyo,

    this question just popped into my head and i was wondering if realjock could help me out. i was wondering which is more effective:

    eating before a workout or after?

    i have a high metabolism, so im able to burn off food, but at the same time, im trying to get the work out to actully work.
    you should never workout on a empty stomach. if you are working hard enough you will never be able to finish the workout. if i were you i would have a pbnj on a multigrain bread about 15 minutes before your workout. if you want you can have a little bit of protein shake prior to workout
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    Jan 25, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    i usually eat a fat free greek yogurt and a fiber one bar before i work out. fills me up and doesnt make me cramped or anything. fiber makes you full. greek yogurt is delicious and full of protein.
  • Jessie_Lee

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    Jan 25, 2011 9:17 AM GMT
    Both.

    Eat a small meal an hour before working out. If it's a large, very-filling meal, then 2 hours. The pre-workout meal is meant to provide you with enough energy to push yourself hard during your workouts. I've encountered people who tried to workout after not eating for hours, they tend to get nauseous or dizzy.

    Post-workout meal is suppose to be consumed within 30 minutes after the conclusion of your workout. Make sure there's sufficient protein in it.

    You are allowed to have a sports drink or fruit juice during the workout for the extra energy. Just make sure to drink it slowly.