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Exercising And Eating Right

Is it all right to eat before exercising?

TL;DR - You can exercise before, after, or while you are eating, but it depends on your goals.It takes about 90 to 120 minutes for food to be digested and the contents to enter your blood stream, so if you exercise after eating, wait at least that long for sessions of less than an hour.If you are doing a strength training day in the gym, I would recommend a protein shake about 60 minutes before, so that the protein and carbs are hitting your bloodstream and muscles during the workout and just as you are finishing. This will fuel your exercise, and aid in recovery afterward.If you are doing long, slow exercise like running, hiking, or biking you can eat before, after, or even during your training. In longer bouts of 90 minutes or more, you will need to fuel your body or you will run out of energy (bonk).If you are doing extremely intense exercise like sprinting, circuit training, CrossFit, or interval training, I recommend doing it on an empty stomach to avoid cramps and throwing up. During intense exercise the muscles work anaerobically (without oxygen) and produce lactic acid as a result. If the lactic acid builds up enough in your blood, your body will induce vomiting because it thinks you are being poisoned. Eat food afterward once you are feeling well enough, hopefully within 30 to 60 minutes, to help with recovery.

Exercise right after eating?

After eating a heavy meal, you should actually wait about 2 hours before exercising, otherwise your body won't be able to use the fuel you've consumed. To rebuild muscle after exercising, you should try to get some protein within a half hour of finishing your workout. Good Luck!

I'm exercising, eating right, but not losing any weight?

Considering that you've only been regularly working out for two months, it's more than likely that you aren't seeing weight loss results due to the gaining of lean muscle mass (which is heavier than fat).

However, in order to burn fat, you'll need to be on a calorie deficit. Just eating the 'healthy' foods might not cut it if you're eating more of that food than you're burning off.

As your first course of action in the morning, before you eat anything, go for a brisk walk. Push yourself enough to break a light sweat and keep the pace for 30 minutes. Doing this makes your body go straight into fat-burning mode, as there is no fuel in your stomach. For the rest of the day, eat ONLY when you are truly hungry, and in small portions. This allows your stomach to register to the brain that it's sated, which usually takes about 20 minutes. Also, increase the intensity of your workouts. Don't just jog for an hour straight. Walk for 5 minutes, then jog for 10. Sprint for 5, and return to your walk for a 5 minute break. Then Sprint for another 5, and return to a jog.... etc. The goal here is to keep your body challenged, which will allow it to constantly and consistently burn fat.

I'd also advise adding weight training to your regimen. You'll burn calories at a MUCH faster rate if your body has muscle that it needs to keep fueled. Think of Michael Phelps - he eats approxamitely 11,000 calories a day during his training season. Do you think he burns it all off just from swimming alone? Of course not. The man is ripped, and that extra muscle demands almost 6 times more calories per day than the average man.

Hope I helped, and good luck with your goals! (:

I'm exercising & eating right, but NOT losing weight?!?

Alright, so I weighed myself last week and I was 170 pounds. I started exercising again and eating right, but then I got my period a few days later. I then weighed myself and it said 171 pounds, so I thought it was just because my period my body was storing water. So today is like my 5th day into my period and I've been exercising and eating really healthy (I've been eating like 1200 calories a day) and I do cardio for 45 minutes in the morning, and also incorporate strength training exercises like push ups, sit ups, crunches, bicep curls with 8lb weights, etc. And Also pilates videos. I've also done all these exercises in the morning BEFORE breakfast because I heard that that's when the body burns the most fat. I've been doing that, and then when I hopped on the scale today it said I weight 174?! WHY did I gain 3 pounds instead of losing weight? Is it muscle? Because I didn't think you could gain muscle that fast. Or is it because I'm on day 5 of my period and I'm still holding onto water?? I drink 6 bottles of water a day (thats how much I'm supposed to drink) and I pee like every 20 minutes so I thought I was getting enough water. Can someone help me please?? WHY did I gain?

How do I commit to eating right and exercising on a daily basis?

How do I commit to eating right and exercising on a daily basis?Set reasonable, reachable goals for yourself. It’s much easier to eat right one day a week until that becomes a habit, then add another day, and so on. Than to change everything at once. Give yourself time to get used to a new habit, before you change something else. Do not try to eat the elephant all in one bite, as the old saying goes. You’ll still get to your overall goal, it just might take a little longer. As long as you see positive steps to a better lifestyle, you’re going in the right direction.

How long should you wait to eat after exercising?

Answer to both Q's: minimum of twenty minutes for all, half an hour for some people who sweat a lot and need extra ten min's for cooling down! (both for bath&food)