Post # 1
I’ve sort of upped my workouts because I feel like I’ve just been putt-putting around the gym instead of actually working hard. My big issue is not knowing what to eat before I go to the gym at night. I try to eat my dinner at least 1 hour before I plan to go to the gym but sometimes I feel like I ate too much and other times I feel like I didn’t eat enough! Any insight to some meals you eat for dinner and how far ahead of working out you eat?
Post # 3
i get stitch easily so if im doing cardio i will have either:
1 banana or
handful of mixed nuts
if im doing weights (alone or with cardio) ill have either the above or
1 boiled egg
or 1 poached egg on 1 piece of wholegrain toast
they are light meals but good for energy. then afterwards ill have a protein shake and home for a light meal (depending what time it is)
hope this helped?
Post # 4
ps give at least 45 min for the food to digest so u get maximum results from the energy you consumed
Post # 5
I would leave about an hour between the time you finish eating and the time you start working out. This is just to be on the safe side, not only because you might cramp up, but you should also digest your food. Otherwise, you could be going up and down the elliptical, and then feel like -uh oh, I just ate, and I’m moving up and down, and now I feel like I’m going to hurl. Also avoid eating heavy foods because they’ll sit like a lump in your stomach, and you may not feel as motivated to work out. Ex: if I eat pasta before I work out, I’ll feel really heavy and sleepy.
You could eat a good sized portion of fish, or lean chicken, with some brown rice and steamed veggies on the side, or sometimes I like to eat a big spinach salad with salmon/tofu for protein and lots of veggies like broccoli, edamame, bell peppers, corn, etc … Fiber actually helps you feel full. I like to eat fresh fruit as dessert, because I’ll get my sugar fix, but fruit also has water content and it’s important to be hydrated when you’re about to work out.
Remember to drink lots of water when you’re working out. If you’re not keeping yourself hydrated, that may be why you feel hungry sometimes. If you still feel hungry after drinking water, that’s fine too. Just have some yogurt, with a handful of nuts. The yogurt is dairy, which will help you feel full, and keep you feeling full, while the nuts will stabilize your blood sugar.
Post # 6
What time do you go to the gym? I would definitely go before dinner, I don’t know how anyone could work out after a full meal!! Have a small snack (banana, Luna Bar, yogurt, trail mix, etc), hit the gym, then eat dinner after. I bet you’ll feel a lot better!!
Post # 7
Is it possible to eat after you work out? I can’t stand eating and then working out. First because I feel sick (unless it was like 2-3 hours before) and 2nd because I am always hungry after leaving the gym.
Post # 8
I asked my SO on this as he is a register personal trainer. He said basically eat whatever feels right. If you want to be strict he says the best meal would contain a complex carbohydrate, protein, and veggies. He said it all varies for time, amount, etc. amd you just need to feel whats right for you. He said he knows some people who can eat pizza and lasagna and go to the gym right away and are ripped! But for him he likes to wait 1 hour after eating dinner. Also it is important to eat a snack after the gym, so something like a source of protein and a fruit is good.
Post # 9
@RunnerBride13: I usually go around 7/7:30 because of my schedule and I definitely have to eat or I get really angry hahaha. If it’s earlier I usually snack on a bananna and some almonds but I can never know how much to eat for dinner.
@Brooklyn55: I usually eat after I workout too, just a light snack but for me it’s hard to wait to eat dinner till I’m done.
@laciekate: Thank you so much for this!
Post # 10
Usually wait at least 45-minutes to an hour. Try foods that give energy, I like certain fruits like bananas. You might be a energy bar type of girl. I also like nuts, oatmeal (not a whole bowl full), greek yogurt, I have also tried energizers from vega. Also try “my fitness pal’ to make sure you are getting enough calories during the day to sustain you doing the work out and at least a littlbe bit after. Dinner ideas that i had last week… grilled chicken tacos, lime rice, avacado/tomatoes/ corn and beans, roasted chicken with broccoli and potatos, seafood pasta, tonight was a little bit of a slpurge with pizza but I only had one slice.
Post # 11
@kaw2be: I’d recommend eating 1.5-2 hours before working out. If you eat too soon prior to your work-out, especially cardio, you might get a side stitch or some indigestion. I’d also recommend a meal fairly high in protein and not too heavy. A piece of grilled chicken or fish, with some brown rice or a sweet potato is a good meal to have 1.5-2 hours before your work-out. The chicken or fish would provide you with a protein that’s not too heavy and the brown rice or sweet potato would provide you with with a complex carb. Also be sure to have some protein post work-out to help your body recover.