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Monday, September 17, 2007

Fuel up before you head out


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Don't underestimate the importance of fueling up before you head out. About 45-60 minutes before you head out for a run or other type of execise, you should consume a high carbohydrate snack of about 150-200 calories. You want to choose a quick digesting carb consisting of simple sugars to get the calories into your system so that your body can utilize them. A piece of fruit, or a quick yogurt are great choices.

Things to look for in a pre-workout snack:

  • High carbohydrate
  • Quick digesting, simple sugars
  • 150-200 calories
  • Eat 45-60 minutes before your workout

Things to stay away from in a pre-workout snack:

  • High fat
  • High fiber
  • Large meal
  • Foods that upset your stomach

If weight loss is your goal, you should consume fewer calories, maybe 100, but you should still eat a snack to keep your energy level up for your exercise. Remember the "fat burning zone" is a myth. You should aim to do your exercise with as much intensity as you can muster and a pre-workout snack will help you in that regard.

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