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The best fitness foods: What to eat before, during and after a workout

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., April 16, 2012 - 11:11am

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Brierley asks: What do you eat before, during or after you exercise?


Great article, thanks for sharing. I get up at 3:30am to exercise. I try to be out the door by 3:50 - that 20 minutes in between is spent stumbling around getting dressed. I exercise for an hour, usually running or biking and always on an empty stomach. Is this advisable?


04/17/2012 - 7:53pm

i find it hard to exersics bt we love to b doing it


04/18/2012 - 7:56am

I workout first thing in the morning so I might have a handfull of almonds or a cup of milk to just calm the hunger pangs. I also take 2 b-vitamin energy strips to get me through the workout. Afterwards, I'll have a protein shake with either fruit, or pumpkin, or coffee in it for breakfast. During my workout, I have a a full 64oz watter bottle with some lemon and lime juice squeezed in. It tastes pretty good! Thanks for the article!


04/18/2012 - 10:51am

I usually don't eat before I work out. If I can't work out for a few hours after I get up I will have 1/2 of a Special K protein shake otherwise, just a cup of coffee with a bit of creamer. Post workout I have light and fit yogurt, blueberries and a tablespoon of muselix.


04/18/2012 - 12:27pm

Before exercise i will have a banana or any fruit that available.. sometimes i will have plain cracker or oats cracker..
During exercise, i make sure i drink enough plain water to get me well hydrate.
After exercise, i will drink a glass of milk. Then maybe small portion of rice or oats with a piece of chicken flesh or fish (often soup and steamed) and 1 cup of vegetables..

is it okay Brierley?
sometimes i had leg cramp in the middle of the night.. any suggestion to prevent it frm happening..


04/18/2012 - 11:51pm

Are you joking? Chocolate milk and cherry juice? I'm really sure those are your best bets considering those are loaded with so much sugar your body is going into shock trying to make all that insulin. Stick to whole, unprocessed foods and your body will thank you.


04/24/2012 - 8:52am

This is a rather useless, and often regurgitated article. At least delve into some interesting information that people *may* not have heard a million times already. Like eating raisins after a workout to help neutralize the body's blood acidity levels. Boome. Done.


04/24/2012 - 10:13am

Definitely not advisable to work out on an empty stomach. Your body will have not have near as much energy as it would with some food. A banana and oatmeal isn't too difficult/time consuming to make & eat and makes a great pre-workout meal.


04/24/2012 - 10:42am

I do not have a regular for pre-workout meals, but after a 12 hour day of bike riding, I often turn to non-fat greek yogurt for a snack before I can eat a real meal. It has a lot of the benefits of milk, plus pro-biotics to help with digestion (which I found can get pretty twisted over the course of 12 hours of exertion). I also do not really like the taste of milk so this works better. Sometimes I sprinkle some sugar or splenda or honey into it as well.


04/24/2012 - 11:20am

I feel like all of these meals are basically sugar - so eat sugar (as carbohydrates converts to sugar) before, during, and after workouts?


04/24/2012 - 12:50pm

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