These days I mostly train in the morning in a fasted state (I daily do IF with 16 hours fasted 8 fed).
Recently I have started taking a tsp of coconut oil before, and noticed a bit of an energy boost during my workout.
Wondering if this is nothing more than a placebo effect, or if there is something to do this.
Anyone else try this or something similar pre workout?
I know the lean gain protocol of 10 BCAAs pre workout, but looking for more of an energy boost.
Also thinking of adding coffee to my pre-workout "meal".
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on December 19, 2011
at 03:27 PM
Per my comment above: article from Health Correlator (http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.com/2011/12/protein-powders-before-fasted-weight.html) explains that fat or carbs pre workout will blunt the growth hormone response. So coconut oil would not be a good option. Instead a small amount of protein, around 10 grams, is better suited pre workout.
Article suggests using egg whites from hardboiled eggs as a good whole food clean source of protein pre workout.
on December 14, 2011
at 10:46 PM
Coconut oil is predominantly medium chain triglycerides, which the liver can metabolise very quickly to free fatty acids which can be used immediately for energy.
Whilst I haven't used coconut oil pre workout, I do know if I have a big tablespoon it does provide a bit of an energy boost to me.
Depending on your goals for IF'ing and training fasted you may be short changing yourself by consuming coconut oil before your workout rather than being in a truly fasted state. Instead of oxidising and using your own fat stores during the workout, your body will first burn through the MCT's you're providing it via the coconut oil.
Also I don't see anything wrong with coffee pre workout - caffeine is a proven performance enhancer :)
on July 10, 2013
at 07:37 PM
The MCTs in coconut oil do provide energy and are less likely to be stored as fat than most other commonly consumed fats and oils. I use a couple of tablespoons before working out and it helps.
on February 28, 2012
at 01:05 AM
be careful with apple cider vinegar - even though it has a TON of benefits, it also lowers blood pressure and blood sugar - not good for those who don't need to do either
on January 02, 2012
at 02:49 AM
Instead of coffee. Try 1-2 tbs of bragg apple cider vinegar,it makes me feel like I've had a pot of coffee without the jitters and helps detox, pllace in cup of water,drink,then drink a plain glass of water making sure to rinse teeth well...
on December 14, 2011
at 11:52 PM
I have recommended to a friend dieting to try a tablespoon of coconut oil pre workout and he was doing great with it as a boost of energy. He was doing the "Anabolic Diet" and was bonking during workouts without it. So I suggested some coconut oil because of the reason stated above (how fast it is metabolized).
When I do LeanGains fasting only ever have a double shot of espresso with a splash of coconut milk pre workout and do great with that. The only time I break my fast with food is if I have to train late at nite, then as per LG protocol, I have a mini meal of about 500-700 cals mainly of protein/carbs after my fast before my late workout. After that late workout I smash a massive post workout meal with the rest of my calories for the day.