How Soon Can You Eat Pre and Post Workout? | Q+A

How Soon Can You Eat Pre and Post Workout? | Q+A

Question:

How many hours before and after working out until I can eat?

– Nino

Answer:

Of course, you CAN eat anytime. The optimal time to eat around working out depends on what else is going on, what exercise you are doing, and what you intend to eat. It’s a matter of getting fuel to the muscles (but not an excess) and clearing your gut for comfort. Simple carbohydrates and lean proteins are more easily digested so they are good choices close to working out, within 30-60 minutes beforehand. On the other hand, solid fats and fibrous starches take a while to break down in your GI system, so you’ll need to allow multiple hours for those to digest.

If you sprint out of bed for a 6 am run, I’d suggest a sports drink to sip during the run and a breakfast immediately following. If you hit the gym an hour after rising, perhaps you should drink a smoothie as soon as you wake up and eat a small breakfast afterward. For a quick weight training workout during a lunch break, you’ll want a little easily-digested energy first (e.g. applesauce or soft pretzel) followed by a simple meal afterward, like a sandwich. You may not need a snack prior to an afternoon workout unless it’s been more than 3 hours since your mid-day meal. So if you finished lunch at 1 pm and plan to workout at 5 pm, then I’d suggest a protein drink an hour before at 4 pm. On the contrary, a 4-5 pm workout after a late 2 pm lunch should be fine.

For evening workouts, an afternoon snack is a must if dinner is pushed to after exercise. Suitable mini-meals in the afternoon include tuna salad and crackers, a bowl of soup, Greek yogurt & granola, or hummus with pita and carrots. If your workout is at the tail-end of your day, be sure to have your last meal 2-3 hours prior to the workout and a simple recovery option like chocolate milk afterward.

Examples:

1) whopping lunch, 5 pm workout.

It may take several hours to fully digest and absorb all those calories, so your tank would still be over half full in 4-5 hours. Just have a sports drink handy during your workout in case you feel a dip in energy, and plan for a small dinner afterward.

2) balanced lunch, late 8 pm workout.

You may want to snack twice in between, or opt for a small meal at 5 pm. For the former snack option, stash at-work options like trail mix in your desk, a pre-made wrap in the fridge, or buy an apple and peanut butter crackers from the vending machine. If you choose the latter small meal option, a pre-made chicken pasta primavera salad, a whole wheat wrap with turkey and avocado, or mini English muffins pizzas will provide a few hour’s energy.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

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Pre Workout Nutrition Advice for Type 2 Diabetes | Q+A

Pre Workout Nutrition Advice for Type 2 Diabetes | Q+A

Question:

What are some of the best foods to eat before you work out if you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

– Dionne D.

Answer:

Those with Type 2 Diabetes usually have normal digestion and absorption, whereas their cellular uptake of sugars from the blood is hindered. Your body’s individual response to carbohydrates may be different than others’. That said, it’s safe to say that large volumes of carbs, especially simple sugars are a bad idea. You’ll want to stick to smaller portions of easily-digested carbohydrates or have complex carbohydrates earlier in the day to allow for their metabolism and to provide needed fuel to working muscles.

Consider some of the following suggested pre-workout snacks (assuming full meal was 3+ hours ago):

An hour before

  • Rye crisps thinly spread with nut butter and topped with apple slices
  • Half a turkey sandwich
  • Cup of Greek yogurt with berries and sliced almonds
  • Hummus with raw veggies and whole wheat crackers

or

30 min before

  • Mix protein powder in milk for instant shake
  • Handful of gold-fish crackers
  • Frozen sugar-free pudding pop
  • Half toasted English muffin with margarine

If you take insulin, be sure to check your blood sugar level and adjust your intake accordingly to anticipate the effect from your workout. Pack a juice box in your gym bag or locker to have on hand in case your blood sugar level drops.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

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The Benefits of Living an Active Lifestyle

The Benefits of Living an Active Lifestyle

May 1st marks the start of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

Are you game enough to join in on the fun?

Leading an active lifestyle can help inspire those around you to become more active as well. Encourage the family to take a walk together after dinner or get in some pre-work pushups in the AM (read How Early Morning Workouts Can Impact Your Day here). The more your body moves the less likely you are to develop health issues further down the line. And the great thing about choosing to live an active lifestyle is that you can start at any age!

Let’s Get Physical 

For adults, physical activity can help lower the risk of many diseases such as type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and heart disease.1 And for the more seasoned adults out there, engaging in physical activities like balance and muscle-strengthening activities can help lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive function.2

But aside from the benefits explained above, exercising – even in short increments – helps provide our bodies with energy! We’ve all experienced that mid-afternoon drop in energy level, but a quick little walk around the office could help with that tired feeling.

Where to Start 

So, how can you celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? Well, a few quick tricks can be as simple as organizing an afternoon lunch walk with colleagues, choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking further away from your work location in order to get a few extra steps in.

One of the main things to remember is that staying in shape doesn’t have to be a chore – remember childhood days full of play?  If sports are your passion why not consider joining an LA Fitness Club Leagues team? It’s a great way to keep fit while having fun! With basketball, volleyball, and racquetball leagues offered, there are plenty of options to choose from (not to mention, LA Fitness is the largest provider of racquetball courts in North America!).

 

Did You Know? 

According to the American Heart Association, moderate activity can help reduce the risk of stroke by about 20 percent, and that number jumps to about 27 percent in individuals who are highly active.3 Exercise also helps promote better sleep (just be careful not to exercise too close to bedtime or you may have a hard time settling down).

However you choose to stay active is up to you! Try out different activities until you find one you enjoy. Oftentimes that will trick our minds into shifting focus from working out to simply having fun, all while burning calories.

So, what are some of YOUR fitness goals for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? We would love to hear them!

Have an inspirational fitness success story? Share it with us by sending an email to blog@fitnessintl.com.

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Sources:

1. “Benefits of Physical Activity.” National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 22 June 2016. Web. 05 Apr. 2017. <https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/phys/benefits>.

2. “Physical Activity and Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 04 June 2015. Web. 05 Apr. 2017. <https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm>.

3. “Physical Activity Improves Quality of Life.” Physical Activity Improves Quality of Life. American Heart Association, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/StartWalking/Physical-activity-improves-quality-of-life_UCM_307977_Article.jsp#.WNwCL4WcGUl>.

Vegan Meal Planning Answered | Q+A

Vegan Meal Planning Answered | Q+A

Question:

Do you have any advice on vegan meal planning for someone trying to gain weight by working out and lifting, and no cardio?

– Dalila M.

Answer:

Vegan guidelines for athletes work for building mass, too. Be sure to keep your calories up and pay attention to your pre-workout snack and recovery nutrition. See our articles Fuel your Workouts to Maximize Your Results and  Eat Like This to Help Maximize your Recovery and Results for tips on eating to support your workouts.

You can consume 1.4-2.0 gm protein per kilogram body weight (recommended by the International Society of Sports Nutrition) from a diet rich in soy, beans, lentils, grains, nuts, vegetables and complemented by vegan protein powders.

While hundreds of vegan meal planning websites exist, look for those with .edu or .org extensions for advice without product sales. I like the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s “21-Day Vegan Kickstart” with complete recipes and the Vegetarian Resource Group’s articles for athletes and teens on topics like vegan weightlifting and gaining weight.

For more personalized meal planning, consider seeking assistance from a registered dietitian nutritionist. You can find one at http://www.eatright.org/find-an-expert.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

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Testosterone & Diet: How Do They Relate? | Q+A

Testosterone & Diet: How Do They Relate? | Q+A

Question:

I just turned 65, no health issues at all. I read and hear a lot about ways to produce testosterone. What is truly the best way for a man my age to eat or drink the right stuff to produce testosterone so I can once again regain my physique?

– Butch

Answer:

You’re on the right track when you suggest that diet can affect declining testosterone levels as men age, but other factors have more effect. These factors include weight, activity, sleep, stress, and medications. If your doctor finds you to have low testosterone levels, he/she may prescribe drugs or prohormones (like DHEA).

For diet, the components to focus on are:

Limit added sugar from your diet. (High insulin levels are linked to low testosterone.) Eliminate obvious sources (desserts, syrup, sodas) and replace refined sugars with whole fruit for sweetening, such as raisins on oatmeal instead of brown sugar.

Eat healthy fats. Include olives and olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, coconut and coconut oil, palm oil, salmon and grass-fed beef in your diet.

Supplement with Vitamin D if you are deficient.* Good food sources include tuna, salmon, Vitamin D-fortified milk, whole eggs, beef liver, and beans.

Supplement with Zinc if you are deficient.* Good food sources include oysters, crab, lobster, lean beef, beans, and yogurt or kefir made from raw milk.

* Your physician can test your Vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) and zinc levels.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

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