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What should I eat after a morning jog?


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Okay ive decided to start jogging first thing.

I've looked on the net and most sites say not to eat much at all if anything before a jog just to make sure you are hydrated, better if you had a good healthy meal the night before..

But I wanted to know, obviously you've got to eat when you get home from your jog, what would be the best breakfast to get the full benifits of loosing weight.

I usually have a nice hot bowl of porridge in the mornings, so would I still be able to have this? Or are there better things I could be eating?

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Try eating before and not eating before.  Then decide what works best for you.  I like to eat a small breakfast before my morning run... but eating before vs. after (or the opposite) is not any more beneficial for weight loss.  You don't have to eat when you get done with your jog.  Say you jog 3 miles, you've only burned about 300 calories... its not a bad idea to have something small to eat, but its not like you are going to collapse or anything like that if you don't (you may want to eat more if you are going to be running long distances, but you're just starting out).

I run in the mornings and have a good bowl of cereal with yogurt, along with some coffee, about an hour before my run.  If I find my blood sugar is low when I get back, I will have a piece of fruit with a handful of nuts, or something similar as a snack.  Usually, though, all I want is water.  Then I will have a mid-morning snack at work (fruit & nuts, usually). 

Like honkinator said, you need to find what works for you.  I could not run in the morning without eating breakfast - I would be too sluggish.  I've tried it and I just do not have enough energy to get through my run.  But I have heard from others that if they eat in the morning before running, they have unpleasant side-effects, if you know what I mean Sealed

Good luck!

If you're going to jog as soon as you get up, then don't eat anything. You should always wait at least 30 minutes after eating before exercising.

After I work out, I usually pair a protein with a carb. Try some whole-grain oatmeal made with skim milk and blueberries. Mmmmm, my favorite!

(I also read in Reader's Digest that a study done showed that people who ate whole grain carbs coupled with protein before exercise burned more calories.)

Original Post by charmarama:

Okay ive decided to start jogging first thing.

I've looked on the net and most sites say not to eat much at all if anything before a jog just to make sure you are hydrated, better if you had a good healthy meal the night before..

But I wanted to know, obviously you've got to eat when you get home from your jog, what would be the best breakfast to get the full benifits of loosing weight.

I usually have a nice hot bowl of porridge in the mornings, so would I still be able to have this? Or are there better things I could be eating?

First, say this with me "running" -- jogging is so 70's. Wink Second, fueling is something every runner needs to experiment but I wouldn't run on a completely empty stomach, at least try something like gels or chews to see how those work if you want to eat after.

On another note you might want to try steel cut oats or multi-grain cereal I think they taste better than regular porridge, but that's just a personal preference. I say this more for variety than pure nutritional thing since rolled oats are whole grain too, but eating the same thing every morning *yawn*.

 

 

 

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