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The main problem with eating before running is nausea and burping up your breakfast during your race. Once the food moves from the stomach to the small intestine, most people are fine (some people experience cramping, but this is uncommon in healthy runners). The stomach usually takes 30-60 minutes to empty, and it empties more quickly with a liquid meal ...


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I'd say this depends on your fitness, the intensity of the workout and perhaps how much you've eaten the night before. Assuming jogging means a running speed of about ~10 km/h or ~6 mph, I expect you don't use that much energy that you can't cope with without jogging. More importantly, low intensity workouts mainly burn through fat and anything you would ...


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This is not true. Your body will process the food that you ingest, and if the caloric intake of the food is greater than the amount of calories burned during the ensuing exercise, you will gain weight. You can have some carbohydrates before your workout if you find that your diet doesn't supply you with enough energy to not feel weak or excessively tired ...


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I think some of the "addictiveness" is learned. I've found that when I've been eating healthy, faithfully, for a couple weeks, I start to crave healthier foods, and my desire for things like french fries and potato chips fades away. But if I eat the old junk foods again, the old cravings will come back again for days. Edit 2011-05-25: At the request of @Ivo ...


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There's no absolute "better" or "worse" for this type of substitution. It depends entirely on what problem you are trying to solve and what nutritional goals you are trying to achieve. To answer your question most literally — "Yes", you can satisfy your daily water requirements with fruit juice. There is sufficient water in virtually any fruit juice ...


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Simple: You're adding calories to your diet. If that's the only change you've made, and you were gaining weight or maintaining weight prior to adding the honey, why would you start losing weight by eating more, especially when it's more sugar? You will see better sleep, I'll agree with that, because honey is a great source of very raw and natural ...


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I don't have any source for this but my chiropractor and my experience, but I advise against working out in the morning on an empty stomach. My goal is to burn fat through 30-45 minutes of low intensity exercise 3-4 mornings a week, but trying to burn fat without any carbs doesn't work; your body ends up eating its own protein (read: muscle). From ...


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If you are "actually" overweight, meaning that your body considers itself to have excess fat, then you can restrict calories significantly as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle of exercise and can do so without becoming exhausted or excessively hungry. Some people can reduce intake into the low hundreds (300-500) or even stop eating completely for a ...


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Simple answer is no. For short runs of less than an hour, you certainly do not need to fuel. On longer runs - even ultra marathons - you do not want to eat immediately before running. Instead, on longer runs it is best to fuel on the run either through liquid calories (preferred) or small portions of solid calories. Depending on body size and effort you ...


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You should not need to empty your bowels prior to exercise. If you are experiencing discomfort during abdominal exercise, you should make sure your diet: contains enough fiber to allow you to go regularly The Mayo Clinic has a nice list of high-fiber foods you are not taking excessive diuretics you are not taking in foods that cause excess gas or ...


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Glycemic index refers to the rate at which foods increase blood sugar levels. Foods with a high glycemic index increase blood sugar levels quickly, and those with a low glycemic index increase blood sugar levels slowly (making it easier for your body to regulate blood sugar level). One way to check the glycemic index of your food sources is to use databases ...


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It takes 30 to 40 minutes for food to digest in your stomach and 3 to 4 hours for it to absorb in your intestines. I agree that there is no strict formula for this, since it also depends on what you eat and how you intend to expend that energy. From my experience if I eat a large meal which is heavy in carbohydrates I see my best performance with a high ...


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A great first step to preventing digestion issues (not to mention numerous other issues) is to eliminate grains from your diet, most notably wheat. Grains, again wheat especially, contain a high amount of gluten and lectins which are very difficult proteins for our bodies to digest. Over time these proteins begin to tear holes in our intestines leading to ...


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It might help you gain weight, but you would have to drink a lot of it. Not to mention that weight would probably be fat - not muscle. That said, why Milk and Honey? Drinking 5 bottles of Coke a day will help you gain weight as well - doesn't mean you should do it or that it's the correct or smartest thing to do. Why don't eat some food - lean beef, with ...


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Here are the nutrition facts of red and white quinoa from the same company. The main differences I can see are that red quinoa is slightly lower in total fat, marginally higher in sodium, fiber, sugar, and protein, vitamin E, riboflavin, and folate. Their amino acid profiles are pretty similar (they are both complete proteins). Just because red quinoa has ...


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Tinned tuna, mackeral and sardines. Not typically seen as a breakfast dish, but they are healthy and filling. Have protein and omega oils. Very convenient, just open and go. Depending where you are they often come with a range of different sauces. Do not eat at your desk at work.


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Your question doesn't sound like you are overweight and need to watch your calories. In my opinion you could replace the brownie with some whole grain energy bar, replace the simple sugars with some more complex carbohydrates and maybe have some additional fibers, too. But the question is if you should. I think this is more a mental thing, the boost ...


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Wolfram|Alpha has nutritional information for a wide variety of foods. Just type in the food and the amount, and it will tell you the carbs, protein, fat, calories, etc. For example: 50 g apples: It even works for things like raw ingredients, so if you know how much flour, sugar, and butter you put in a recipe, you could tally up each of those ...


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I'm going to answer your question in the way that you requested, "in categories not a list of examples". Metabolism Boosters Spicy Foods - Jalapeno, Habanero, and Cayenne Peppers. Protein Meat - Lean Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Turkey. Protein, Dairy - Milk, Yogurt. Protein, Fish - Salmon, Tuna, and Sardines. Protein, Eggs - Chicken eggs. Caffeinated ...


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From http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=90: What foods provide potassium? Potassium is found in abundance in many foods, and is especially easy to obtain in fruits and vegetables. Excellent sources of potassium include chard, crimini mushrooms, and spinach. Very good sources of potassium include fennel, kale, ...


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Add powdered protein (whey, soy, whatever your preference) to your drink (almond milk is fine). Crack a few eggs in a pan and scramble them (takes <5 mins total). High protein cereal. Several types exist including one by Kashi More whole grains- Oatmeal works well for example. Don't add sugar to your meal or drink as sugar is an appetite stimulant


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The problem is that, on waking, there is very little blood in your stomach or digestive system until the body realizes that it needs to get some blood there ready to do some digestion. It's the same effect as running on a hot day and getting a bit dehydrated. In that case, much of your blood is in your muscles and skin (to keep your muscles moving and lose ...


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Stocking up a couple of days before hand on complex carbs (pasta etc) is a good idea. Do not eat loads and loads more, but do get extra carbs into the muscles, (storage). Not working hard (exercise wise) for 3-4 days at least before hand will give you the energy and rest needed to do your best. If you are not sure at this point then in all honesty things ...


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Should you switch to something less enjoyable but healthier? That depends on how much you enjoy it, and how integral to your habits this has become. If you find yourself "going to the gym so you can eat a brownie", then the brownie has probably become integral to your exercise as a reward for your workout habit. Exercising regularly is better for you than ...


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First and foremost, anything you read online or in a book can at best be simple guidelines. It takes time to build your bull-crap meter, particularly for things you don't know a lot about. It helps to take a look at people who are successful at what you want to do with your life, and see what they did. Just be warned that if their site sounds like an ...


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Congratulations on opting for a healthy lifestyle. It is way too easy to get into the trap of a sedentary lifestyle. The younger you start getting back in shape, the easier it is with more lifetime benefits. If you have any medical problems check with your doctor first. (Standard disclaimer, but worthwhile. Even at your age you may have signs of a ...


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You should have at least some protein prior to exercise. This will largely serve to prevent you from overeating after your workout is over, and will provide some excess energy during your workout.


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The owner of the gym I go to said to drink a full glass of orange juice. It's light, so you won't get tired, but it will also fuel you.


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A 2003 study by the European Food Safety Authority found no adverse effects for up to 1,000 mg of taurine per kilogram of body weight per day. (http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1211902328128.htm) Related question: Red Bull - How bad is it for you? Edit: I'm assuming you weight more than 5kg (11 lbs).


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If you start exercising and you throw up, you need to wait longer next time. BTW, you're probably not trying to "lose weight", you're trying to lose fat. In any case, look into weight lifting, it's quite a bit more effective in terms of results per time spent exercising.



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