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Sun, March 24

To eat or not to eat before exercise

Hello Simply Fit readers. Just a few short days ago there was snow on the ground, then spring weather hit which is why I'm nursing a little bit of a sunburn that I received by enjoying the warm sun a bit too much. Yes I know. I had on sunscreen, but I apparently missed a few hard to reach places on my upper back which is now a bright shade of pink. I'm not one to sit out in the sun due to my long history of skin cancers; however, there was a comforting and healing feeling I received when I allowed myself a few minutes to just sit in the sun and listen to my own thoughts.

A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition reported that exercising before eating breakfast, caused the participants to burn 20 percent more fat than the participants who ate breakfast before exercising. The study also showed that participants, who did not eat breakfast before exercise, did not consume any extra calories or experience more hunger pangs throughout the day than the participants who did eat breakfast. If this study holds true, it means that my morning routine of waking up at 4:30 a.m. to run three miles, then eat breakfast is right on track.

I have no doubt that another study will come out refuting this one, but it won't change my routine. Not because I don't like to follow the facts, but because the best exercise or exercise program is the one you'll actually stick with! I can tell you what the best tricep exercise is for activating the most muscle fibers, or the best cardio routine for torching the most calories, but if it's an exercise or a routine that you don't like, you're not going to stick with it. Point is, don't ignore the facts, but listen to your inner voice as well.

So once you've completed your workout, you'll need to fuel up so that all your hard working muscles can start to repair and your low glycogen levels can be restored ASAP!

One of the best post workout drinks is milk. Oh yeah. You heard me. That old saying "Milk does a body good," isn't just a catchy advertising line to get you to drink the stuff. It's actually true.

A growing body of research is showing that protein intake from milk, boosts muscle mass & strength during resistance exercise. Milk protein is approximately 80 percent casein protein (slow digesting) and 20 percent whey protein (fast digesting). Mix an 8-ounce glass of milk with a scoop of whey protein powder and two tablespoon of Nesquik chocolate syrup (made with sugar, not high fructose corn syrup) and you've got a recovery and growth powerhouse! Who ever said chocolate milk is just for kids? Not me.



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