I'm STILL struggling with my program and I'm pretty much convinced it is my diet that needs the most work.
Back in July I cut out almost all of my gym classes (spinning, body pump, etc.) and focused on lifting heavy. I have seen some improvements in my arms but my belly is still soft and my thighs are flabby. I know I lost some inches because I was able to fit into some size 2s that I hadn't been able to get on before.
But, the size on the clothing doesn't matter if I'm still squishy!
My weakness is sugar. I can eat clean all day until late afternoon.
So, back to my original question: I usually have my oatmeal (with flaxseed and protein powder around 7 am. I get the kids ready for school and they catch the bus at 8:45 which gets me to the gym about 9 am. When I get home I have a protein shake.
I'm wondering if I should eat my oatmeal AFTER my workouts? Does it matter?
Also, I started adding my spinning classes back to see if I can burn some of this fat off that isn't budging. Is 3-4 hours of cardio too much a week? I'm trying to find a good balance!
10-06-2008, 07:09 PM #1
Is it ok to eat my oatmeal before my workouts?
10-06-2008, 07:30 PM #2
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Having carbs (oatmeal) before you workout is actually a good idea it gives your muscles energy. The more energy you have the better your workout, anf the better the workout the better you results. You should also have some form of carb with your pro. shake after your workout too. It helps your muscles recover. I have a piece of fruit with my shake, I found that if I eat a balanced meal after my workout I am not as starving later in the day. If you think your diet is holding you back, post a day or too on here and everyone will offer advice.
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10-06-2008, 07:31 PM #3
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I definitely think its okay to eat before your AM workout. With as early as you get up, you should have something in your system before you get to the gym. If I was awake for 2 hours without eating anything, and then went to the gym, I'd be passing out from starvation.Hi, my name is Ellen, and I'm a peanut butter addict...
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10-06-2008, 07:49 PM #4
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what i would do is maybe switch it up instead of eating oatmeal before the gym because oatmeal is more of a complex carb which burns slower therefore whenever you get to the gym all you will be doing is burning off the first meal instead your fat storage areas....better yet eat a protein shake and a banana....the banana will give you energy...and it also is full of potassium which is great its one of the best carbs to eat before training, because since it is more of a simple carb you can burn it off quicker which then this will allow you to start burning fat in you fat storage areas once your in the gym .... and then post workout should be 1/2 cup of oatmeal & egg whites or another protein shake, hope this helps out a little bit
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Absolutely. I eat the same thingSeptember 2006 - 9km Sydney Harbour Bridge Run - 45:25
August 2007 - 14km City to Surf - 77:00
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Thanks for all the advice, everyone! I really appreciate it!
Kim, I know it is diet and I have GOT to stay clean. I tend to be an emotional eater and any little stress sends me right to sugar! I'm working on that. Once I can got 3 days without sugar I can go for weeks (well, until my cycle starts and that is a whole other issue! LOL).
Leggs...I LOVE fruit!
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08-18-2014, 04:38 PM #13
To your second question: what is your fitness goal? You say you want to focus on lifting heavier. Doing cardio is absolutely fine and healthy, especially if you enjoy it. Just note that if your goal is to get stronger make sure you eat enough to compensate for the calories you burn; you need to eat a surplus of calories to gain muscle.
Hope I helped!"Without struggle there is no strength."
Forever bulking :(
Goal weight: 140 lbs
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