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What to Eat Before, During and After a Workout

There is a great deal of confusion regarding the ideal exercise program. The vast amount of contradictory information can be daunting to even an experienced fitness buff. Further muddying the waters is the question of diet. CNN dives into this issue with a report on what to eat before, during and after a workout routine.

When men exercise in a fasted state, they limit their source of carbohydrates as fuel, which means the muscles may then burn more fat. Women, however, tended to burn the most fat in the three hours after exercise. Women should avoid eating for at least 90 minutes after exercise. Women who choose to eat in this time frame may be compromising their body’s ability to shift into beneficial fat-burning mode.

If you've been following a low-carb, Paleo-style diet, or a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet like the one described in my nutrition plan, your body is probably fat adapted. Our ancestors were adapted to using fat as their primary fuel, but over 99 percent of Americans are now adapted to using sugar or glucose as their primary fuel source instead.

One way to tell if you're fat adapted or not is to take note of how you feel when you skip a meal. If you can skip meals without getting ravenous and cranky (or craving carbs), you're likely fat-adapted.

Intermittent fasting is an easily adopted lifestyle change. This involves restricting your meals to a six to eight-hour window and to refrain from eating within three hours of bedtime. Which two meals you prefer are up to you; let your body, and your lifestyle, including your workout schedule, be your guide.
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