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I need some good ideas on things to eat before working out that will give me the energy to run hard/long and lift weights. But still let me be able to lose weight. I tend to get low blood sugar and start to feel weak. In the past caffine in has given me the boost I needed, but I've cut that out. Any good ideas??? THANKS!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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You could do the Gu or Shot Blocks if you want, or you could just have a banana or some oatmeal. Oatmeal works for the Kenyans... so it's what I usually choose. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> If I dont have time, I go for the banana. If I am racing, I'll eat a Gu ten minutes before the race and one or two during the race if it is really long. Shot blocks are great if you ar eon your bike because you can just stick them to the handlebars.
 

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I've found that a piece of whole grain toast and some peanut butter work well for me.
 

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carbs!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What about a whey protein shake or yogurt shake with whey protein?</div>
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carbs before you workout, protein after.
 

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I eat an apple in teh car on teh way to teh gym
 

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I do my aerobic workout in the morning after having a big bowl of oatmeal (cooked with light soy milk instead of water and topped with apple sauce and flax seed). I just happened to eat this because it's a fairly quick wholesome breakfast. I do find myself craving some serious protein after that.<br>
But why is it carbs before, protein after?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">IBut why is it carbs before, protein after?</div>
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FWIU, b/c you need teh carbs, glucose in your blood stream to be able to have teh energy to complete a workout at a high heart rate. The protein afterwards is to replenish your muscles and teh tiny "tears" in them from working them. I'm not expert, so I will read the rest of teh replies also
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">carbs before you workout, protein after.</div>
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Whoops, I just read before<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">.. I was thinking she was saying after.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">FWIU, b/c you need teh carbs, glucose in your blood stream to be able to have teh energy to complete a workout at a high heart rate. The protein afterwards is to replenish your muscles and teh tiny "tears" in them from working them. I'm not expert, so I will read the rest of teh replies also</div>
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When you are trying to lose weight it should be slightly different. Protein before, protein after & healthy carbs after (this should be IMMEDIATELY after as well). Your body deals with carbs best during the period right after a workout. Note: I do not mean veggies or fruit by carbs.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I do my aerobic workout in the morning after having a big bowl of oatmeal (cooked with light soy milk instead of water and topped with apple sauce and flax seed). I just happened to eat this because it's a fairly quick wholesome breakfast. I do find myself craving some serious protein after that.<br>
But why is it carbs before, protein after?</div>
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simply stated, carbs = fuel and protein is used to repair/rebuild muscle tissues, fibers etc. there's a reason you crave carbs before and protein after. your body knows what it needs. <span>LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!!!</span><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I need some good ideas on things to eat before working out that will give me the energy to run hard/long and lift weights. But still let me be able to lose weight. I tend to get low blood sugar and start to feel weak. In the past caffine in has given me the boost I needed, but I've cut that out. Any good ideas??? THANKS!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:</div>
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make no bones about it, carbs are the body's preferred fuel source. it's like gas in your car's tank, without it, it won't run (or you'll start to feel weak, like you said). it really should be carbs before, carbs during and carbs after (with some protein thrown in for rebuilding/repairing after the workout). also, keep in mind you need protein throughout the day, but in small doses. your body uses protein just a little bit at a time and then stores the rest as fat. so, you don't want to get your daily protein allotment from one steak dinner (ration it throughout the day).<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">When you are trying to lose weight it should be slightly different. Protein before, protein after & healthy carbs after (this should be IMMEDIATELY after as well). Your body deals with carbs best during the period right after a workout. Note: I do not mean veggies or fruit by carbs.</div>
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while it's true anyuka said she is trying to lose weight, she also said her workout consists of long, hard runs and lifting weights. if she did that workout on protien alone, she would surely bonk. that's a tough workout and it requires fuel. not too mention too much protein before that kind of workout is just hard on the belly. too hard to digest (trust me, you'll feel it).<br>
if she also wants to lose weight, just take in less calories. i think it's important to think about what your activity level is going to be for the next 2-3 hours and eat accordingly. eat more before a workout, eat less if you're just sitting at home watching a movie.
 

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I just wanted to quantify that I did indicate that I do NOT mean veggies & fruits when I say carbs. So before a workout I do protein & fruit or veggie (which technically are carbs) but only do carbs like breads, cereals, etc. immediately after a workout when they are best handled by the body. With a protein & a fruit/veg before the workout you will get the longer & shorter energy supply you need.<br><br>
If you are working out for more than an hour or so you should be taking something in partway through as well.<br><br>
Check out precision nutrition or Dr. John Berardi for more precise info on this.
 
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