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When Should I Eat? Before or After Boot Camp?

fitdadTV“Ed, when should I eat?  Before or after boot camp?”

“Ed, I don’t eat breakfast…is that okay?”

“Ed, I just roll out of bed in the morning and come to workout.  Should I eat something before boot camp?”

This is just a sampling of the questions I receive about eating in regards to boot camp or working out in general.

Just like everything in the fitness world, there seems to be a never-ending supply of goobers out there who will confuse the heck out of you when it comes to meal timing.

I take a pretty simplistic view when it comes to meal timing and eating and exercising.

Check the video out to see the easiest and correct way to eat when you’re working out – no matter if your goal is to lose weight, maintain your current weight, or even gain some weight.

What do you think?  Does that make sense?

Leave a comment below to let me know.

Talk to you soon!


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Ed Scow, also known as "The Fit Dad", likes long walks on the beach, snuggling, hand stand push-ups and pretending to work. He's also a fitness & nutrition expert, proud papa and husband to a smokin' hot wifey.

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Comments (4)

  • Anne

    Great info Ed. I’ve been eating an english muffin with peanut butter on it before and after I exercise, is that okay? Is the english muffin bad? Should I eat less before I exercise? Could you respond to this please? Thanks Ed!!

  • Jan

    I eat an apple with a spoonful of peanut butter before i workout and have my breakfast smoothie after. I hope that’s OK. i exercise in the morning so I don’t eat anything again until lunch and I don’t get hungry at all. it’s been working pretty well for me since i started doing it.

    What do you think Ed?

  • angela

    hi ed, i’ve been reading a lot of forums on this topic and im wondering why everyone eats so much peanut butter at breakfast (someone evenb suggested having a banana with peanut butter). is it good for you or is it just a treat?

    • The Fit Dad

      Hi Angela,
      I recommend eating peanut butter for a few reasons. However, before I get into those reasons, I need to say that the ONLY peanut butter I recommend is All-Natural peanut butter. Anything not labeled all-natural is loaded with sugar and has the healthy fats removed making it no better than a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

      1 – It’s good for you. It’s a good source of protein and fat and is loaded with phytonutrients and fiber.

      2 – It’s a quality source of nutrition that gets you going and keeps your stomach full for a long time. If you don’t feel hungry…you won’t eat.

      Beyond the first thing I said about the all-natural, you also need to remember that peanut butter is pretty calorie dense meaning it has a lot of calories per serving. So even though it’s “good for you”, it can still make you gain weight – in fact, when I was a teenager trying to gain weight one of the things I did was eat peanut butter by the spoonful because it had so many calories per serving.

      I typically eat raw peanuts or almonds rather than relying on peanut butter, but I will have all-natural peanut butter spread on whole grain crackers (not many) as a snack.

      You could slice up some apples and dip them in a serving of peanut butter for a good snack, or have it in addition to some all-natural yogurt for breakfast and you’d be good to go.


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