Should I skip break­fast be­fore ex­er­cise?

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered. achieve­ment and sat­is­fac­tion) – and en­joy­ment is so crit­i­cal to mak­ing long-term move­ment part of our life­styles.

Con­versely, you may find the op­po­site is true for you – eat­ing too soon be­fore ex­er­cis­ing leads some peo­ple to feel slug­gish and they may ex­pe­ri­ence stom­ach up­set or other diges­tive symp­toms. As you can imag­ine, this also im­pacts on the abil­ity to fin­ish the work­out as planned and whether it is a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence or not.

So, Kirsten, I en­cour­age you to no­tice how eat­ing a nu­tri­tious break­fast be­fore your morn­ing ex­er­cise makes you feel. Do you feel en­er­gised and primed to move, or does it leave you feel­ing un­com­fort­able or slug­gish?

I also can­not en­cour­age you enough to ex­plore and shift your mind­set – rather than fo­cus­ing on what will pro­duce the best (short term) weight loss re­sults, fo­cus on nour­ish­ing and sup­port­ing your body to move in a way that you en­joy and that feels good for you.

You don’t have to lose weight to be healthy, you ac­tu­ally have to be healthy to lose weight. Re­ally think about that. Weight loss is a nat­u­ral byprod­uct of tak­ing even bet­ter care of your­self (if body fat loss is ap­pro­pri­ate for your body shape and size).

So base your choices about how you eat, drink and move on nour­ish­ment – your body is your best barom­e­ter so lis­ten to the mes­sages it is send­ing you and do what works best for you.

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Eat­ing be­fore or af­ter ex­er­cise is very much a per­sonal choice - know your body and how it feels to de­cide what is best for you.

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