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01 September 2011

Exercise best on an empty stomach?

If you exercise at 6am, should you eat breakfast before or after gym? And if you go to gym after work and only get home after 7pm, must you eat supper? Find out.

If you exercise at 6am, should you eat breakfast before or after gym? And if you go to gym after work and only get home after 7pm, must you eat supper?

It is, therefore, logical that an elite athlete, who is either practising strenuously and/or competing, needs to have a very specific meal and beverage programme worked out for his or her specific needs.

  • breakfast cereal or muesli with milk or yoghurt, honey or brown sugar, a fruit and tea or coffee
  • fruit with yoghurt, tea or coffee
  • wholewheat or rye toast or seedbread with cheese, peanut butter, a boiled egg or jam, tea or coffee
  • smoothies (made with milk or yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey)
  • Bokomo Up&Go Liquid Breakfast Cereal
  • an energy bar with a hot beverage

  • instant or regular pasta with canned tomato and onion sauce - add a tin of drained tuna (canned in water) if you are extra hungry
  • instant or regular pasta with an instant sauce and feta or grated cheddar cheese
  • cottage cheese with fresh fruit and vegetables
  • drained tuna with fresh salads and fruit
  • lean cold beef cuts or cold chicken with salads and fruit or pasta or rice (boil the day before and just reheat)
  • ready-to-eat dishes from your supermarket, such as pasta with sauce or meat or fish with vegetables
  • healthy take-aways such as filled pita or Nando's grilled chicken with salad

 
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