Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Q&A

To eat or not to eat... that is the question.

Well... kinda.

This weeks question comes from my friend Kim.   She wanted to know if I eat before the gym, and the best options for pre-fitness fuel.

During the week, I go to the gym after work, so I've fueled my body all day with breakfast, lunch and snacks.  My afternoon snack is usually around 2:30-3:00, and I'm in the gym by 4:30-5:00.  So as far as eating for fuel before the gym, during the week I have that covered.

The weekends however, are another story.  I would definitely recommend eating something before the gym, in the form of a good carbohydrate.  Your body uses carbs as fuel and helps burn off stored fat when you work out.   I like to get to the gym early on the weekends, right after my coffee.  My band can't tolerate food early in the morning, so the whole eating before I work out thing gets thrown out the window.  But, for those of you that aren't band patients, then it is in fact ideal for you to eat before.

I found this website when looking for good sources of complex carbs.  If you're not sure what the difference is, see the link below.   Anyway - this website is a great reference when talking about using food as fuel, what it does for your body and how different foods function in your body during your work out.

Difference between complex and simplex carbs

Kim - I hope this answers your question!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

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