(Closed) Help! I need workout advice! What to eat before/after cardio?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you’re doing under an hour, you don’t need to worry too much about food unless it’s really intense. I like to exercise on an empty stomach, but some people hate to, so just do what works better for you. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

I could never exercise on an empty stomach.

I have a banana before my workout and a protein shake after. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

If you’re working out hard, I would eat some protein afterward, but it doesn’t have to be a lot. A glass of milk or some cheese, or some peanut butter would be enough for a post workout snack.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

@october22:  I will have a protein shake and a small bowel of porridge and that would be my breakfast. It’s really filling and low GI too.

Don’t skip the weights if you can as doing weigh training burns more up hours after your workout. I do 40 minutes cardio and 20 minutes weight training 4 times a week.

I can really see my body changing I’m building lean muscle and getting fitter. 

Good luck:)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@RunnerBride13:  +1. 

People actually tend to over-supplement when it’s not necessary. I can’t eat within 2-3 hours of a workout. My stomach hates me if I do. 

I have a vegan, plant-based pre-workout supplement for my long days, and have a recovery mix thats a carb/protein combo. But as stated above, unless you are doing seriously hard work, you don’t need to down stuff pre-and post-workout. 

I’ve seen chocolate milk suggested as a post-workout beverage, which I disagree with. It’s got too much sugar and fat to be helpful. 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

my mantra is slim is made in the gym but abs are made in the kitchen.  If you are trying to loose belly flab I could cut out all but about 45g of carbs a day. carbs are the culprit of belly flab. Protein shakes are a great after workout snack as well as an orange to help you feel less sore the next day. I eat my snack or protein shake about 20 minutes to a half hour after I work out, you get the most benefit from the shake then.  If you are going to drink a protein shake after you work out, I suggest the EAS AdvantEDGE they are sold in Walmart and I am pretty sure all grocery stores, or the Body by Vi shakes.  They are low carb and low sugar and high protein.  If you have any other ? just pm me

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@october22:  Sure! I usually eat within 30 minutes of finishing my workout. If I work out in the afternoon, I’ll usually have a snack before or after depending on how far from dinner it is. 

@BlondeBee:  Definitely true! I’m a marathon runner (when I’m not injured, like I am right now!) and I’m a little more careful when I’m in training mode, but even then I don’t do supplements or time my meals, I just eat real food when I’m hungry!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

If you are craving carbs and sweets,  increase your water intake and try some carrots or sweet tomatoes.  Unsweetened or low sugar nut butters are good too

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I snack on natural almonds (unsalted) or a orange. I also try to eat every couple hours. I don’t do as great on the weekends as far as eating every couple hours but during the week I do. Make sure also you are drinking a TON of water. Substitute pasta for spaghetti squash. Lower your bread intake, even if it’s wheat bread. Good luck!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@october22:  There are plenty of good snacks out there, but they can all go wrong if you don’t use correct portions. I like an apple wth PB, but be very careful with the PB. It’s high in calories, and while it contains “good fats” and protein it’s still not ok to eat a ton of it. I like a greek yogurt with some almonds tossed in. Hummus with celery is yum, as are a few of the flaxseed chips I’ve had (again, in moderation.)

Don’t be afraid to experiement with foods other than chicken for the protein portion of your lunch and dinner. You’ll get bored pretty fast. 

Post # 16
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If you feel “flabby” I would HIGHLY (like wayyyy mondo mucho) recommend weightlifting!!!!!!!! =) My all time favorite pre-workout snack is dark chocolate dipped in peanut butter (some simple carbs that will burn off quickly, but that fat slows the release of glucose into the blood stream and umm tastes DELISH lol) and my favorite post-workout snack is something high in protein like a protein shake, piece of chicken, lunch meat, etc.

Ps, CONGRATS on your weight loss girly, that is amazing… I am so happy for you!

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