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Pre-workout Snack

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I usually eat a good-portioned breakfast and wait a good hour or two for my food to digest prior to working out. I find that???s how I perform best (when coupled with a good night???s rest, of course).

But on some days, like tomorrow, I have very limited time to workout, meaning I don???t have enough time to eat a large meal then let it digest before working out. The last meal I would have eaten would???ve been 6 hours prior to my scheduled workout. I know that's considered working out fasted and is recommended in the Paleo community, especially here, but it really doesn't work with me. Trust me, I've tried it.

Hence, I want to consume something small enough that???ll digest quickly but big enough to last my workout.

I was thinking of eating a boiled egg and a portion of sweet potato then working out like 15-30 minutes after that.

Thoughts/suggestions?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 11, 2013
at 01:14 AM

No, I mean those high-carb sugar drinks made of maltodextrin, for muscle recovery. I really don't suggest using those products, but some people do use them.

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 11, 2013
at 12:30 AM

I second the notion to eat a banana prior to working out.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on April 10, 2013
at 10:41 PM

bananas and Apple Sauce seem to be the two things that i can eat before a workout without issues.

4c24e0c389ac06a1f13c10bee5ce3554

on April 10, 2013
at 10:02 PM

workout recovery drinks? you mean like a protein shake? I guess I can do that, but what should I do for carbs?

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86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on April 10, 2013
at 10:11 PM

I would go with a banana. The protein and fat from the egg won't help/digest fast enough, and the sweet potato takes a while to digest as well. Have a banana 30 min before and you should be fine

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 11, 2013
at 12:30 AM

I second the notion to eat a banana prior to working out.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on April 10, 2013
at 10:41 PM

bananas and Apple Sauce seem to be the two things that i can eat before a workout without issues.

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on April 10, 2013
at 10:31 PM

Whatever you eat will still be in your stomach 15 minutes later. Digestion generally takes 30-60 minutes depending on what it is. I find that working out with something in my stomach (literally in my stomach, like not yet digested) to be uncomfortable, and prefer to work out fasted. If you want to fuel up before a workout you would need to eat about 1.5-2.0 hours beforehand minimum.

I am not a fan of processed foods but this is a good occasion for a bar or protein shake. I personally would prefer to work out fasted (I know you said you don't want to do this) and eat afterwards, rather than eat something just to eat something, but that's just me.

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37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

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on April 11, 2013
at 12:47 AM

4-5 dates is my go to quick fuel.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 10, 2013
at 09:54 PM

If you only have 15-30 minutes beforehand, simply don't eat.

I don't drink workout recovery drinks with lots of sugar (some people do), so if you do those during your workout, you can start drinking it before. I definitely am not suggested a processed food product like this, but if you already use it, then it could help.

I would say the "common wisdom" about waiting 1-2 hours before working out after eating a small-to-medium sized meal is spot on.

4c24e0c389ac06a1f13c10bee5ce3554

on April 10, 2013
at 10:02 PM

workout recovery drinks? you mean like a protein shake? I guess I can do that, but what should I do for carbs?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 11, 2013
at 01:14 AM

No, I mean those high-carb sugar drinks made of maltodextrin, for muscle recovery. I really don't suggest using those products, but some people do use them.

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