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Bloating after exercise

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traineo Guru
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Feb 4, 2008
Posted: January 15, 2009
So I had noticed my stomach has been bloating after working out to the point where its uncomfortable. I did some research and have come to the conclusion that I am not waiting long enough after I eat before I workout.

This may be a dumb question, but because I didn't wait long enough, does that mean my exercise was in vain? What happens if you exercise without waiting long enough for your food to digest?

Oh, also, just want to make sure, how long should I wait before exercising after a meal (not a snack, but after dinner)?
traineo Guru
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May 25, 2008
Posted: January 15, 2009
What were you eating before your workouts that was making you feel like this? I've eaten well before, right before, and even during, and have never felt bloated from it.
I can't say whether or not the workouts have been in vain, i think the only way a workout couldn't have been productive is if you were sucking down slabs of bacon while on the treadmill ;)
Its not like you eat the food, then wait, then burn off that food that you just ate. Depending on the food, the body will take a certain amount of time to get it into a form that it can use for energy.
traineo Guru
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Feb 4, 2008
Posted: January 15, 2009
I'm eating brown rice, broccoli and chicken, usually. maybe its just the rice.

Sucking down slabs of bacon while on the treadmill.. haha, that's awesome!
traineo Regular
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Dec 26, 2008
Posted: January 16, 2009
It's kind of like swimming after just eating. There is some truth to the wive's tail. If you don't wait a bit of time between eating and working out, your stomach doesn't digest as quickly and easily as it does otherwise because you're activating all the other parts of your body that are usually at rest while you're digesting. Broccoli can be very bloating by the way.

If i've eaten a meal, i typically wait 1 hour before working out. I do sometimes have a little protein and carb before and after my workout to aid in recovery and muscle building but these are no very large meals. Typically maybe just an egg or two and some oatmeal, or just some protein and an apple.
traineo Guru
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Jan 8, 2009
Posted: January 16, 2009
Interesting - I never thought about this.
I usually eat a small snack about 30 min before my workout and then again within 30 min after, but I couldn't even imagine eating a meal before it...
Isn't that physically draining? Sounds like this would make a workout a lot harder...
traineo Fanatic
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Jul 12, 2007
Posted: January 16, 2009
In running long distances, we get to a point where we actually have to eat DURING workouts (yuck!) Try slurping down a banana while trying to run a 7 minute mile, its not fun, or very tasty. The alternative is gel packs, like Gu, which are nasty in their own Special Way... But I digress. There IS a limit to how many calories the body can process while you work out, and I think its about 300 per hour while you're doing an aerobic activity like running. You can definitely make yourself uncomfortable if you eat too much before or during a workout.

Never considered the bacon on a treadmill option before. I suppose if you strung it on a line, just out of reach in front if you, it might help motivate you!
traineo Guru
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Feb 4, 2008
Posted: January 16, 2009
I'd just stop the treadmill and take it lol
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