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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?

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Water is the best idea I would say! Just keep drinking!

Anonymous

02/28/2014 - 2:12am

I think eating food with a lot of proteins, drinking plain milk, natural honey!

Anonymous

09/11/2013 - 3:50am

I normally eat before a work out becuase if I don't I feel light headed and want to stop sooner. However, I don't eat carbohydrates or hot drinks as they make me feel to full. I have a smoothie made with frozen berries, skimmed milk and half a banana. I would eat this about 2 hours before my work out and this gives me a boost of ene
rgy without making me feel heavy or bloated.
During the workout I drink sugar free barley sq9uash.

Anonymous

08/29/2013 - 3:01pm

I think before sports you should eat a lot of fresh fruits

Anonymous

08/25/2013 - 10:16pm

complex carbohydrate

Anonymous

08/13/2013 - 3:14pm

porage with a bit sugar water, milk

Anonymous

08/04/2013 - 8:25am

I don't do grains or highly processed foods, so for breakfast, I eat fruit and full-fat greek yogurt, or a homemade muffin made with almond flour and an egg...this works before my workouts as well. After my workout, I'll eat a hard-boiled egg and a few veggies. Mainly, I try to eat some good carbs before a workout and some veggies, fat and protein afterwards. I do high-intensity, short workouts and oly-lifts.

exarmymedic

04/16/2013 - 12:49pm

I usually go into work around four in the morning; during that time, I will eat a piece of fruit or two every 2 or 3 hours.. I also start with an orange, for the vitamin c and the cleansing that it gives to help my body with further digestion throughout the rest of the day.. then I will eat a banana, something thick that will keep me from getting hungry.. finally, I will eat another orange or an apple.. however, I would like to start eating a sweet potato before i go in for a slow digesting carb.

During a work, I will eat something like a banana or an orange or an apple, something to refuel me half way through..

after workout, is a glass of whole goats milk or some cottage cheese or some sheeps milk.. something with fat, protein and carb.. and some chocolate.

Anonymous

02/24/2013 - 11:21am

thanks for the tips.. and brierley u r amazingly hottt... just thought id say

Anonymous

01/10/2013 - 7:25pm

If I have at least 1-2 hours before I workout,
I will eat some oatmeal with dried fruit (apricots,
craisins, raisins, .....). Water to hydrate and coffee
right before. If I don't have time for a meal,
just a piece of fruit (banana, apple, peach,...)
and some coffee. During my workout I stay hydrated
with water. Post work-out its soy chocolate milk
with a 5 to 1 carb to protein ratio, a cliff bar with a 4 to 1 ratio, or
a bowl of Kashi cereal. About a hour later it's yogurt
with frozen blueberries and a sprinkle of Kashi cereal
with a protein shake of soy protein with a banana and
some frozen fruit and soy milk.
When I bike, usually 2-3 hours, I will either have
oatmeal with dried fruit or a cliff bar before. During
the ride I will have fruit first (apples,grapes,banana, etc...)
then maybe a cliff bar if needed. I stay hydrated with
Heed drink or cytomax, alternating with water.
Post workout is generally the same.

Anonymous

10/04/2012 - 11:59pm

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