I have been having a small snack before a workout (nuts or some sort of fruit), which is usually right after work (4-4:30pm), and then I'll have dinner about an hour or two after I work out at the gym (6:30-7:30). Some nights I've waiting until dinner and then worked out and had a small snack after, but would it be better if I worked out after dinner or am I maximizing my calorie burn how I'm doing it now? Which is better? I've read a lot about fasting before a workout, but that doesn't work for me. I get light headed and can't perform well, making me feel worse than I did before I worked out! Any tips or ideas would be much appreciated!
asked byCJ_12 (251)
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on June 20, 2013
at 07:38 PM
The studies I have read show minimal to no change in the number of calories burned based on meal timing.
Working out fasted is designed to enabled faster mobilization of body fat, not to burn more calories.
Personally I get bloated if I workout after a meal. Plus working out really suppresses my hunger -- so I eat less if I wait until after a workout to eat.
But the real answer is to do what gives you the most energy -- that's what will maximize your calorie burn -- and that seems to be fairly individualized..
on June 20, 2013
at 07:36 PM
Personally i like to work out without being to full of food! So i keep meals until afterwards and always make sure they are full of protein! I also only have carbs straight after a workout!
Im not sure if training after a workout maximises calorie burn or not but for me i find it easier to workout before meals :)