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August 19, 2011 5:54 AM
I finish work at 5pm and get home for about 5:30pm and leave the house at 6:30 pm to attend a 1 hour zumba class. When should i eat in order to lose weight - before or after the class?
August 19, 2011 5:59 AM
After, providing you have enough energy to complete the class. Can you have a banana before leaving work, or on your way home?
Edited by martinh78 On August 19, 2011 6:00 AM
August 19, 2011 6:00 AM
I do something similar - leave work around 5 - 5:30 and do Zumba (DVD) when I get home. I have found that I perform better if I have a good snack before (4:30 ish) and dinner after. The snack is usually something like a granola bar or fruite and handful of almonds, veggie sticks with peanut butter. I try to include carbs and protein.
August 19, 2011 6:02 AM
As long as you don't poop yourself, who cares? Seriously, eat when you are hungry if it doesn't mess with your stomach when you work out.
Edited by digginDeep On August 19, 2011 6:02 AM
August 19, 2011 6:03 AM
i would have a small snack right when i got home so i would have some energy for the zumba class but am not weighed down by a huge meal... then i would eat dinner after the class.
August 19, 2011 6:04 AM
Everybody is different but for me I eat a small snack when I get home from work at 5:15 (cheese stick or granola bar) then go to Zumba from 6:30-7:30 and eat dinner when I get home. Works best for me.
August 19, 2011 6:04 AM
Yeh some people r sensitive to eating before they work out and it makes them nauseous....I personally hate eating before working out. I have a kickboxing class at 530 and I get off at 430 so I usually have something small so I dont pass out..but not a whole meal
August 19, 2011 6:29 AM
I can't eat a big meal before zumba as it really messes with my body and I can't do it - but I do try to eat a snack. I also have a full meal at work at lunchtime and then after the class (whcih is a 90 min one and uses over 1000 calories) i tend to just have a shake or something, not normally a full meal.

However I do find if I don't eat enough during the day I do sometimes start to feel faint during the class so it is important to get the balance right and I try to eat nearly my normal (non exercise adjusted) allocation of calories before the class, that way I feel fine!
August 19, 2011 6:37 AM
Thanks guys, really helpful happy


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