Eating BEFORE or AFTER the gym....

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    Oct 20, 2008 9:00 PM GMT
    uh ....that's the question....
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    Oct 20, 2008 9:04 PM GMT
    Personally I have a snack before hand, then afterward eat a meal



    When I cool down and resume normal pace I feel like I could eat a table
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    Oct 20, 2008 9:05 PM GMT
    Greygull saidPersonally I have a snack before hand, then afterward eat a meal



    When I cool down and resume normal pace I feel like I could eat a table


    HA! Same here..I'm usually starving after I lift!
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    Oct 20, 2008 9:07 PM GMT
    yes and yes
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    Oct 20, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    Eat a decent meal 2 hours before workout;

    15 mins before workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    During workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    Immediately after workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    Then eat a proper meal an hour or two later.
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    Oct 20, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    Tritimium saidEat a decent meal 2 hours before workout;

    15 mins before workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    During workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    Immediately after workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    Then eat a proper meal an hour or two later.


    That's a lot of shakes!
  • Tritimium

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    Oct 20, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    Yep, 3!

    I was surprised when I first read up on it, too. But it makes a lot of sense.
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    Oct 20, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    Tritimium saidYep, 3!

    I was surprised when I first read up on it, too. But it makes a lot of sense.


    Thanks T I might try it....
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    Oct 20, 2008 11:55 PM GMT
    The answer to the question depends on your workout regimen and activity level. Tritimium's nutrition plan is a good one if you are doing superintense lifting and supersets/circuits, and staying very active throughout the rest of the nonworkout day/week. But if you're doing three sets of 10 calf raises, tricep kickbacks, and curls, then three shakes is overkill. If you're not sure, I'd suggest starting with 1/3 of a shake before the workout and 2/3 after, and seeing how your body responds, before jumping whole hog into a thousand calories of shakes each workout.
  • EricLA

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    Oct 21, 2008 12:07 AM GMT
    Tritimium saidEat a decent meal 2 hours before workout;

    15 mins before workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    During workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    Immediately after workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    Then eat a proper meal an hour or two later.


    That sounds like a lot of calories. And expensive, too!

    I try to have a meal about an hour before my workouts (two of my workouts are after dinner, one after lunch), and then afterwards I try to follow-up with just a little bit of additional protein, like a hard boiled egg. Since I've been a bit more disciplined about this approach, and pushing myself a bit further, I've made the gains you see in my latest pics.
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    Oct 21, 2008 12:10 AM GMT
    i think i'd vomit if i spaced my food like that... i ate 2 hours ago and i still don't want to work out. but if i wait any longer i'll be working out hungry... sigh.
  • Tritimium

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    Oct 21, 2008 12:21 AM GMT
    Tritimium saidEat a decent meal 2 hours before workout;

    15 mins before workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    During workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    Immediately after workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    Then eat a proper meal an hour or two later.


    Granted, this was from a book aimed at scrawny guys trying to bulk. And yes, I fully expect to bankrupt myself in the process.
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    Oct 21, 2008 12:28 AM GMT
    Aft...workouts typically start around 5am...and even eating a banana makes me wanna 'send it back the way it came' during my work. Maybe I'll get some tips from this forum.
  • Tritimium

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    Oct 21, 2008 12:33 AM GMT
    Tritimium said
    Tritimium saidEat a decent meal 2 hours before workout;

    15 mins before workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    During workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    Immediately after workout, drink a protein + carb shake;

    Then eat a proper meal an hour or two later.


    Granted, this was from a book aimed at scrawny guys trying to bulk. And yes, I fully expect to bankrupt myself in the process.


    Incidentally, the book is: Scrawny to Brawny, by Michael Mejia and John Berardi. Go read it, it's great.
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    Oct 21, 2008 12:41 AM GMT
    i dont like working outon a full stomach so i tend to eat after the gym...
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    Oct 21, 2008 12:51 AM GMT
    I eat like a handful of grapes or a granola bar or something, nothing heavy, that makes me feel all vomity on the treadmill.
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    Oct 21, 2008 12:52 AM GMT
    after. eating makes me sleeepy
  • GQjock

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    Oct 21, 2008 1:15 AM GMT
    You don't want to have anything being actively digesting in your stomach when you workout

    It will upset you or give you cramps number one
    secondly it's gonna steal some valuable bloodflow that you want going to your muscles instead
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    Oct 21, 2008 1:18 AM GMT
    In college I used to eat before and after my workouts. Now I have to eat hours before my workouts or I will feel like a whale. If im doing cardio than I definitely cant have food in my stomach.
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    Oct 21, 2008 1:26 AM GMT
    I just go to Burger King and eat all their stuff, then Taco Bell and eat a second dinner there! Then - to the pig trough at the greasy spoon buffet for another round of fried foods. Sure - it's what I do!


    NOT!

    I eat yogurt and a lot of almonds - lean fish, chicken, vegetables - and a few other things - small meals throughout the day. At night I might have a yogurt cookie and skim milk.
  • JohnDallas

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    Oct 21, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    I eat two hours prior to my workout. Then I take a energy drink immediately prior to workout. That normally keeps me more focused on my workout and prevents me from being hungry during my workout. Them I eat a full meal after my workout. I definitely do not recommend eating immediately prior to your workout it will slow you down and possibly upset your stomach during an intense workout. That's just my two cents worth.
  • MuslDrew

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    Oct 21, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    I have a shake with moderate amounts of complex carbs and protein about 1/2 hour before and immediatley after workout. An hour later I eat a meal, higher in protein & carbs
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    Oct 21, 2008 3:42 AM GMT
    I used to take 2-hour lunch breaks or a little longer, 3 times a week, because one of the hours was for Army physical training, which as a Staff Officer I usually did by myself. But because of the Officer's Club hours, where I liked to eat, I had to lunch first and then exercise, which all my friends said was dangerous. I was 33 during this time.

    Well, I did it anyway, had a big lunch, but quickly, so I'd have more time for PT, usually at least 90 minutes. First thing was a 2-mile run through the woods, on designated running trails. Then a quick circuit back at the gym's equipment room, followed by a few laps in the pool (very few, I'm a terrible swimmer).

    Finally a few minutes in the dry sauna, to keep my muscles from getting stiff. A very fast 2 hours, but that was part of the challenge, and fortunately all these facilities were very close together on that particular post.

    I never had any trouble with doing that, no cramps or anything. I might have a droopy period at my desk around 3 PM, but Army coffee would cure that.
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    Oct 21, 2008 3:46 AM GMT
    I go running every day after the gym. I run hard. If I eat before I work out, it ruins my run. My daily diet consists of a bowl of cereal for breakfast, an apple and a glass of juice with whey protein for lunch, and a huge calorie-laden dinner.

    I am completely aware that most "experts" would say this diet is insane. I can only reply that it works for me. I look good, I feel good, and I take a medal in virtually every race I run. I don't expect it would work for everyone, any more than I expect some of your advice would work for me.
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    Oct 21, 2008 4:22 AM GMT
    Hey, this is a FUN thread!

    Here's what I do...if anyone is interested...

    BEFORE: I eat dinner (usually consisting of a lean meat like chicken and vegetables, soup/salad) about an hour before working out. 15 minutes before the gym I have one piece of fruit, like an apple or banana, and a handful of almonds.

    Typical Workout: 60 minutes of weigth-training and 30-60 minutes of cardio-bike). I only drink WATER (lots of it) while at the gym.

    AFTER: I eat another piece of fruit immediately after working out. I ride my bike or walk home from the gym. And, then I have my last small meal of lean protein and vegetable carbs (4-6 a day).

    But, sometimes I have a not-so-healthy sugary cocktail drink before bed (Damn my fellow gay roomates!). And, also- I wake up in the middle of the night with insomnia and/or I am hungry... Usually I have a spoonful of organic "peanuts only" peanut butter and I can go back to bed shortly.

    I have tried eating celery before bed and in the middle of the night...but, my discipline lacks from time to time. And, besides, I am still hungry after.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK? AM I DOING OKAY?

    I guess everyone's body is different. The last 5-10 lbs of body fat to be converted to lean muscle seems to be the HARDEST, for me!!!!!



    Joe