Your Toughest Diet Dilemmas Solved
Pages in this Story:
- Can I Cheat?
- Wheat vs. Whole Wheat
- Can I Eat at Night?
- When Will I See It on the Scale?
- What's the Deal with Sugar Substitutes?
- Help! I'm Still Starving After a Salad!
- What Happens to My Body Fat When I Drop Pounds?
- How Can I Boost My Metabolism?
- Low Carb vs. Low Fat
- Should I Eat Before Hitting the Gym?
- How Important Are Supplements?
- Food Additives and Hyperactivity
- Do I Need to Go Organic?
Should I Eat Before Hitting the Gym?Should I eat before or after I work out?
Eat before. A light snack (about 150 to 200 calories) that contains mostly carbs and some protein -- such as a fruit smoothie made with milk or yogurt, a glass of low-fat chocolate milk, or some crackers with a little peanut butter -- is ideal. Eaten a half hour before your sweat session, these filling bites help fuel your muscles, steady your blood sugar, and stave off belly rumbles. If you're exercising for longer than an hour, you should probably refuel afterward, too, says Bonci. Choose small, carb-rich snacks, such as an apple or a banana.
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