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optimal timing of meals before/after work outs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I work out in the mornings, which requires dragging myself out of bed and just barely making it on time to class or to meet my friend for a run. occasionally I'll have a little water before I leave my apt, but don't eat anything. am I doing myself a disservice by not eating a little before I exercise? I usually get back and eat about half an hour to an hour after finishing my work out as I like to shower and get ready for the day before I eat. am I waiting too long to eat afterwards as well? I generally feel perfectly fine on this schedule, but I'd gotten to thinking that maybe I need to switch it up a bit.

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on June 14, 2012
at 12:39 PM

Apparently fasted recovery pushes GH production. To tell you the truth, I've not noticed any significant change in recovery since I instituted this - although instead of having small bouts of insomnia on my training days, I go right to sleep. Mark's Take: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting-exercise-workout-recovery/#axzz1xlq8yU4F Art's Take: (I would give you Art's take, but he's monetized his whole site and therefor we are screwed)

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on June 14, 2012
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Hey. Why does he recommend that? I heard Sisson does that too. It goes against my intuition, but funny guy on here referred to me as foreverWRONG, so I may be misguided.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on June 14, 2012
at 01:23 AM

I'm kinda in the Art DeVany camp on training in a semi-fasted state, and not consuming post-workout food for at least two hours after.

So on the days I train (around 1pm) I will eat breakfast at 9am, then I will eat dinner about 3 hours after training.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 14, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Hey. Why does he recommend that? I heard Sisson does that too. It goes against my intuition, but funny guy on here referred to me as foreverWRONG, so I may be misguided.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on June 14, 2012
at 12:39 PM

Apparently fasted recovery pushes GH production. To tell you the truth, I've not noticed any significant change in recovery since I instituted this - although instead of having small bouts of insomnia on my training days, I go right to sleep. Mark's Take: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting-exercise-workout-recovery/#axzz1xlq8yU4F Art's Take: (I would give you Art's take, but he's monetized his whole site and therefor we are screwed)

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on June 13, 2012
at 06:54 PM

Depends very much on your goals. If you feel good and have no trouble exercising "fasted," that's fine. Some people even find they perform better when training fasted. If you're looking to build muscle, you'll want to get in a good amount of protein and some carbs post-workout. Specific recommendations will vary...I've heard everything from 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you're looking to lose fat, you might want to still keep the carbs low-ish after a workout, but if you feel like you want/need them, post workout is physiologically the best time to eat them.

You probably want more clear-cut advice, but the truth is, everybody's different. If you feel good doing things the way you have been, keep with it. Nothing wrong with it. But if you get to a point where you don't feel so great or your results aren't there, that'd be the time to start experimenting with different foods or timing.

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on June 13, 2012
at 04:35 PM

If your goal is to lose fat, exercising fasted is a great way to do it, if you're content with your current weight, i would eat a high-protein low-fat low-carb meal 2 hours previous to exercising and the same, 2 hours after. Consuming enough protein is very important if you're trying to maintain and build muscle mass, so amp up protein consumption 2 hours before and 1 hour after exercising.

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on June 14, 2012
at 12:32 AM

I think it depends on goals, type of activity, duration of activity, and intensity of activity. Here is what I do.

  1. 20-30mins of HIIT - fasted in the morning before breakfast. Carbs within 0.5hr after workout.

  2. resistance training- 20-30g carbs 30-40 minutes pre workout. 20-45g carbs within 10 mins after workout

  3. resistance training followed immediately by 20-30mins HIIT- 20-30g carbs 30-40 mins pre workout. 35-45g carbs within ten minutes after workout.

  4. tempo run (4-8 miles)- sometimes I don't eat anything and sometimes I eat a banana for a little pick me up. carbs within 0.5hr after workout.

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on June 14, 2012
at 12:16 AM

also, to loose fat or at least to improve your running you can try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interval_training

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