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Should Men Eat Before Exercise and Women Eat After?

Eating Before Exercise

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  • Exercising women who consumed a carbohydrate drink prior to exercise burned up to 22 percent more fat
  • Among men, those who consumed a carbohydrate drink after exercise burned up to 8 percent more fat
  • When men exercise in a fasted state, they limit their source of carbohydrates as fuel, which means the muscles may then burn more fat
  • Women tended to burn the most fat in the three hours after exercise, which suggests women may want to avoid eating for 90 minutes after exercise to optimize fat burning

By Dr. Mercola

What you eat can either add to or take away from your exercise benefits, and if you're devoting the time to working out, you want to know how to harness your meals to support your efforts, not detract from them. Choosing the proper foods is important, but so is the timing of when you eat them.


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