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    Old 02-04-2006, 07:42 AM   #1
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    Is it better to eat before or after a workout?

    I just joined the Curves gym and I am starting to go every morning. Should I eat breakfast before or after my workout?

     
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    Old 02-04-2006, 08:58 AM   #2
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    Re: Is it better to eat before or after a workout?

    it depends on what your personal situation is and what your goals are. but, i'd say the best bet is to have something high in carbs before (primary energy source for the body). ten percent of the calories of the meal should come from protein. this is the percentage of energy that comes from protein during a work out- this ensures the body won't use to burn lean muscle for energy instead. but anymore than this will hinder energy levels as protein is harder to digest and you want your energy for exercising not digesting a heavy meal. after a nights sleep you won't have eaten probably for about ten hours resulting in your blood sugar levels being low and your glycogen levels partially depleted. exercising with no breakfast will make it hard to exercise at optimal levels due to these low levels. something like a smoothie with some muesli in is a good option. dont' make the meal too big though, again as the body will be lumbered with digesting a big mean which is very energy consuming.
    after the work out have a bigger breakfast. ideally this should be consumed after having a high GI snack to raise blood sugar levels back to normal 15 minutes before the big breakfast and straight after you've finished the workout (one of the few occasions high Gi snacks are useful) but this high Gi snack is not essential. having the big breaky will stabalise the blood sugar levels that have been raised by the high GI snack. the breakfast should contain plenty of carbs to replenish glycogen stores and also good amounts of protein to begin the muscle building/ repair process. it should be eaten within 45 minutes of the workout (the best time to get protein into your system after working out and glycogen replenishment is at its quickest within the first two hours after exercise).

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    Old 02-04-2006, 12:41 PM   #3
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    Re: Is it better to eat before or after a workout?

    how long after you wake up do you go to curves? I do agree with ratboy83 that you should eat if you have about an hour before you get to curves. I do not have time because I work out within 30 min of waking up. I also feel extremely energized in the 1st hour of waking up and i capitalize on that feeling to get me through the early morning workout. BUT I do eat right after, and this helps stabalize glucose levels. So if you have the time EAT and don't forget to eat a higher protein mini meal after

     
    Old 02-04-2006, 04:32 PM   #4
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    Re: Is it better to eat before or after a workout?

    Ratboy, I am curious were did you get the evidence that says your body only burns 10% protein durning intense exercise? I would love to check it out. Thanks.

     
    Old 02-04-2006, 07:18 PM   #5
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    Re: Is it better to eat before or after a workout?

    Personally I tend to eat before and after working out.

    I can't wake up and work out, I just can't do it. So I eat first, some oatmeal and some fruit, then I wait about an hour to an hour and a half. Then I work out.

    After showering and blah blah blah I typically hit my first protein meal of the day, chicken usually with another piece of fruit.

    lazedays imo is correct that it all depends on how soon you work out after waking up.

     
    Old 02-05-2006, 04:42 AM   #6
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    Re: Is it better to eat before or after a workout?

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    Ratboy, I am curious were did you get the evidence that says your body only burns 10% protein durning intense exercise? I would love to check it out. Thanks.
    I would love to see this also Alex. My first meal of the day is 45 min before I work out. It is 40P X 50C X 10F. After 10 hours of not eating, your glycogen levels are not only depleted, you are starting to catabolize muscle tissue. That's why some people suggest a slow digesting protein like cottage cheese or casein protien before bed. It's why I always do protein from a food source within 15 minutes of getting out of bed. The shake with dextrose comes within 1/2 hor of lifting.

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    Old 02-06-2006, 09:07 AM   #7
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    Re: Is it better to eat before or after a workout?

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    I would love to see this also Alex. My first meal of the day is 45 min before I work out. It is 40P X 50C X 10F. After 10 hours of not eating, your glycogen levels are not only depleted, you are starting to catabolize muscle tissue. That's why some people suggest a slow digesting protein like cottage cheese or casein protien before bed. It's why I always do protein from a food source within 15 minutes of getting out of bed. The shake with dextrose comes within 1/2 hor of lifting.

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    seen it on a few websites but found this one for you: [url]www.physsportsmed.com/issues/1996/04_96/protein.htm[/url]

    also, talks about how many athletes eat too much protein (only need about 15% of total calories), but stresses the importance of still getting enough protein.

     
    Old 02-06-2006, 10:46 AM   #8
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    Re: Is it better to eat before or after a workout?

    [QUOTE=ratboy83]seen it on a few websites but found this one for you: [url]www.physsportsmed.com/issues/1996/04_96/protein.htm[/url]

    also, talks about how many athletes eat too much protein (only need about 15% of total calories), but stresses the importance of still getting enough protein.[/QUOTE

    A few things jumped out at me right away as soon as I read that article. It was written in 1996 and her most recent source she cites is from 1995. The advances in sports science and exercise and physiology have came light years since then. Those recommandations are extremely out dated. There is not a competive bodybuilder on this plant that takes 15% protein, and if anyones goal is to pack on muscle and reduce bodyfat they shouldn't either. From personal expirence: I am between 185-190 pound and I take 345 grams of protein a day. I have been following this type of diet for two years and have had more muscle and strength gains then my prior 8 years of working out combined.

     
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