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August 21, 2011 10:44 PM
Hi everyone! So I'm going to the gym around 7AM tomorrow for an hour before work to get in some cardio.. I was wondering what is a good pre-workout snack? I've heard that bananas are good but apparently we're out, and I need to buy some more lol. Any other fruits or recommendations?? I heard it's good to eat your protein / carb meal after you workout which will be quaker's weight control maple & brown sugar oatmeal for me! :)
August 21, 2011 10:46 PM
Low fat string cheese is good and has a lot of protein...they say even a glass of milk is good pre work out energy!
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August 21, 2011 10:47 PM
Half (or all) of a pb&j always works great for me. smile
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August 22, 2011 12:44 AM
If I'm going on a long run I will eat an english muffin with peanut butter and half a banana before I go.
If it's going to be less than an hour I have something smaller - half a muesli bar, half a banana, a mocha (skim milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, coffee powder, cinnamon) , half a dozen almonds or just some water.
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August 22, 2011 12:49 AM
Someone here please correct me if I'm wrong (which I'm positive ya'll will anyways): why would you put any empty carbs/sugars in you right before a workout? It'll give you energy but you'll be burning the fuel from whatever you just ate. Go at the cardio empty so your body will have to look for the energy elsewhere (fat reserves).

Just my .02
August 22, 2011 12:54 AM
You're on a weight loss site, I am assuming you're here to control your weight. There are no good pre workout snacks before a cardio session if your goal is to reduce bodyfat.

If you're doing it for endurance such as a competition a good source of carbohydrates.

Eating prevents fat from being released, it will trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, which can slow you down and make you feel sluggish, guess what? for weight control you also shouldn't eat for 1hr after your workout.
August 22, 2011 12:56 AM
There is a school of thought that this is true, fasting cardio, and I see the sense, but when I train early on ( Sunday bootcamp) find it really hard to keep up the energy levels I maintain when I train at 6 pm, but I get your theory here.
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August 22, 2011 12:56 AM
There is a school of thought that this is true, fasting cardio, and I see the sense, but when I train early on ( Sunday bootcamp) find it really hard to keep up the energy levels I maintain when I train at 6 pm, but I get your theory here.
  5762741
August 22, 2011 1:02 AM
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There is a school of thought that this is true, fasting cardio, and I see the sense, but when I train early on ( Sunday bootcamp) find it really hard to keep up the energy levels I maintain when I train at 6 pm, but I get your theory here.


Yeah that's typical because you probably consumed some carbs, carbs are used for moderate to high intensity exercise. When you exercise in a fasted state, you don't get that benefit. You're burning more fat, fat is used for low intensity exercise. Meaning you can't push as hard as before.

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