Sleep vs workouts vs eating

  • UncleverName

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    Apr 12, 2008 3:59 PM GMT
    Hey guys

    I've read at a number of different places that it's better to miss a workout than it is to miss a meal, if you're trying to put on lean muscle mass.

    Does anyone know what the rule is for sleep? If I'm feeling really run down, and have a choice on a given day between doing a workout and sleeping for 5 hours vs skipping the workout and sleeping for 7 hours, which should I take?

    Let me know what you think!
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    Apr 12, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    that sounds about right to me. I will lose muscle mass or weight in general pretty fast if I skip meal. I tend not to have a big appetite so I have to force myself to eat. Working out actually gives me more of an appetite.

    I also notice that when I am working out hard I will sleep about an hour longer (8 hrs). They say it is when you sleep that your body is re-building itself. I have also noticed that if I am sleepy I have crappy weight training sessions, but I can do cardio whether I am sleepy or not.
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    Apr 12, 2008 11:59 PM GMT
    On eating - given the choice of fast food (McD's, Wendy's, et al), is it better to skip the meal? A couple times this past month, while feeling like a Biafra child, Wendy's was the only thing available and I went for it.
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    Apr 13, 2008 12:41 AM GMT
    IF your body is tired it will not beable to lift. You could hype yourself on Caffiene, but thats isn't that good for your body, listen to your body, it'll tell you what it wants.

    Hungry: EAT
    Sleepy: Rest
    Thirsty: Drink

    Try and stay on a schedule, your body will be more receptive and will expect whatever your body is use to at that time of day.

    other than that keep lifting and enjoy life icon_biggrin.gif
  • UncleverName

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    Apr 14, 2008 3:30 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys. I guess where I'm coming from ultimately is that I find it really difficult to fit in everything I want to, without burning myself out. I'm trying to figure out what makes the most strategic sense to cut out (sleep, or workouts).

    Sounds like I should just listen to what my body tells me, and sleep when I need to, and workout the rest of the time.

    Something that I keep wondering about is how the marines do things (or pretty much any other group that does 5k runs before doing other intense stuff). I guess the answer is probably that that's all they do. They don't have to worry about working during the rest of the day.

    At least, that's what I'm going to tell myself to feel better icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 21, 2008 4:14 AM GMT
    Sleep or Eating are always more important then lifting. You need to sleep and eat to function, you don't need to work out to function. Work out is like the extra topping on the cake to make life more enjoyable and make health better.

    If aren't getting enough sleep it makes the work outs pretty pointless. Same thing if you aren't eating.

    As far as choosing to eat at McDonalds or skip the meal. If it is not just a snack but an actual meal definitely go for McDonalds. Choose the healthiest thing possible such as cutting out the fries and soda.Fat is pretty easy to burn off from a meal at McDonalds as long as you aren't eating it all the time. But if you don't eat your metabolism slows way down, your muscles stop growing, you get cranky ect. Its much more counter productive to not eat then to eat something that has some nutrients in it but isn't exactly health conscious.