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How long should I wait to eat after exercising?


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The question of this topic pretty much sums it up.

Please let me know what you think. Thank you in advance!

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I`d say it depends on the intensity. Personally, if I`ve just walked around or cycled lightly for a while, it can take me anywhere from half an hour to a couple hours to feel like I need food. But if I`ve done something strenuous and high intensity you can bet your last dime the fridge is my first pit stop.

In that case; what would you eat? After exercising?

as soon as possible!!

Your metabolism is highest right after you exercise ...go for carbohydrates and protein. So an apple with some pb

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I've always read/heard that eating 1 to 2 hours after exercise is ideal for muscle growth and repair... I wouldn't go longer than that...

wait an hour.

I recall a nutrition professor telling me to eat within 30 minutes of finishing an exercise session to help maintain and build muscle.  This may sound ridiculous but, one of the best and easiest things to have is chocolate milk!!!!  Right after exercise you need carbs that can be broken down very easily, i.e., simple sugars.  The chocolate provides that aspect and the milk provides some protein and well as lactose (milk sugar) which are both easily digested.

Thank you for the link, fourfolks. It really helped a lot.

I've usually taken to waiting an hour before I consume any morsel of food, but thank you eroth412, what you've said links with the weblink that fourfolks posted above. It does make sense to eat something after exercising so as to allow your muscles to regain their strength and for you to be able to rejuvinate.

I couldn't agree more.

For now at least, I'll stick with drinking something that contains sugar and provides energy (i.e. energy drinks), instead of something solid, simply because I doubt that I'd be able to eat anything after my exericising routines and also because I fear that I'll eat the wrong thing and end up... putting on weight. 0.0

All professionals have told me within 30 minutes, and the sooner the better. 

Oftentimes my hunger doesn't kick in until an hour later, but I try to get a glass of milk or banana with PB in as soon as I'm done!

Hm... that makes a lot of sense yet again. But why milk? Milk is particularly high in lipids, so it sort of worries me that you'll end up putting instead of maintaining.

Also, I've been attempting to grab something after exercising as well, and I was wondering (considering people have said that it is important that you consume something that can be broken down quickly), is it wrong to drink a glass of coke? Or should I stick to a piece of fruit? Apple? Banana?

Also, would it be better to eat right after exercising and something before? Or just after? Because I've taken to eating an orange before getting down to my usual routines...

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Hm... that makes a lot of sense yet again. But why milk? Milk is particularly high in lipids, so it sort of worries me that you'll end up putting instead of maintaining.

Also, I've been attempting to grab something after exercising as well, and I was wondering (considering people have said that it is important that you consume something that can be broken down quickly), is it wrong to drink a glass of coke? Or should I stick to a piece of fruit? Apple? Banana?

Also, would it be better to eat right after exercising and something before? Or just after? Because I've taken to eating an orange before getting down to my usual routines...

Even whole milk is only around 3.7% fat, so I'm not sure why you think milk is a high fat product? People drink chocolate milk because it contains both carbs (the sugar) and protein. I have heard that the ideal ratio of carbs:protein for a post-workout snack is around 4:1.

I think you'd do much better with a piece of fruit rather than a glass of coke - health wise the coke has little to offer.

An orange right before you work out would give you a nice energy boost, so there's nothing wrong with eating that. The reason some people don't eat before is that it makes them feel nauseous, but if you feel fine go for it!

Thank you very much, merylwhite1. Your advice has helped me a lot. I'll take what you've said into consideration and avoid doing the wrong things in case of negative results.

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