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Before a Gym Workout Meal
I have started working out again (getting my body back in shape for good this time) And I am one of those individuals who needs to have something on my stomach (i've had too many fainting episodes in my life). Any suggestions on foods to eat before working out? I do spinning three days a week and low impact aerobics & body scuplting 3 days a week. I rest on Sunday.

Your suggestions will be most appreciated.

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you need carbohydrates for energy, so i would recommend an apple or a banana

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I would eat a meal high in carbs. However, I suggest carb sources that have low glycemic indices. These foods cause your blood glucose levels to rise steadily, which is good because you need the energy throughout your workout. Here's a link to a website that would enable you to search for foods with low glycemic indices: http://www.glycemicindex.com/

I would suggest eating your meal about 1.5 to 2 hours before your workout. This would give time for your body to digest and break down your meal.

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Thanks Luna and Ala! Good information.

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A glass of milk, a banana and a 1/2 protien shake. The other half should come after your workout.

Perfect thing would be a fresh fruit smoothie with a capful of protien powder.

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A glass of milk, a banana and a 1/2 protien shake. The other half should come after your workout.

Perfect thing would be a fresh fruit smoothie with a capful of protien powder.
Sounds doable. Thanks Eve.

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A glass of milk, a banana and a 1/2 protien shake. The other half should come after your workout.

Perfect thing would be a fresh fruit smoothie with a capful of protien powder.
That sounds like a great idea

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an apple and a few almonds, with just a swallow of soy milk is what i usually have. and a big glass of water!

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usually a banana for me!

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i have a banana or some frosted mini wheats, followed by some sips of soy milk

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A glass of milk, a banana and a 1/2 protien shake. The other half should come after your workout.

Perfect thing would be a fresh fruit smoothie with a capful of protien powder.
Dairy before a strenuous workout is definitely not a good idea (The result signified by this emoticon ).

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^agreed. Dairy not a good idea...

Try eating a fruit, and LOTS of water. [not too much]

I fainted a couple of times myself when I didn't give much attention.

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make sure you are hydrated before- but dont drink a whole lot directly before you work out it can cause cramping. I'd say protien bars are a good option if you can find one you like and is low in calories and fat.

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i have a banana or some frosted mini wheats, followed by some sips of soy milk
I love frosted mini wheats!

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