Workout after Eating
Do you have any recommendations on how soon (or not soon) one should workout after eating? I've heard that about one or two hours is good. But that was from people who said a nice healthy whole grain meal before hand would help so I'm wondering if it's completely different primally?
Last edited by hartzdaniel; 12-05-2010 at 02:46 PM.
It really depends.
If you feel like your stomach is still somewhat full, you should probably wait until you feel it's closer to empty.
Personally, I mostly workout fasted, many many hours after eating. If I workout in the morning, I may not have eaten for 10 hours before. If i workout in the afternoon, I workout 3-4 hours after eating. It's what I feel most comfortable with. Find what works for you though, maybe waiting more than 4 hours makes you feel too weak, so you need to workout just a few hours after. Train hard.
I always workout fasted. Typically in the morning before I eat breakfast. I find that once your body gets used to it that you will actually get your best workouts that way.
I workout in the late afternoons / evenings... so I eat something very small 2 hours before working out. I tried an actual meal a couple of hours before working out, but that didn't really work well for me because I still felt "heavy" after the meal.
Instead I eat a small amount of almond / cashews / cranberry trek mix (I buy it at Trader Joe's) or almond butter and perhaps an apple (or another fruit) a couple of hours before my workout.
If I do eat a "meal" I, like iniQuity, eat at least 3 - 4 hours before working out...
I think it's important to "listen" to your body... so try different things and see how your body responds.
Try different things - except a big bunch of whole wheat bagels! Don't try that. I eat nothing or very little before working out, usually late morning.
I used to eat and then workout, but after doing fasted workouts I'll never go back. that being said, I used to wait about 2-4 hours after I ate, depending on the size of the meal. I recommend trying a fasted workout though.