How much time between eating and working out?

  • Robocub

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    May 18, 2007 8:26 PM GMT
    How much time should I give myself generally after eating, before working out?

    I ask because after I eat my breakfast, I go to workout in the morning and often times I don't feel like I have enough energy to do a good workout or complete my sets. I seem to tire too quickly. I was thinking perhaps I'm not giving what I just ate enough time give me energy.

    What are everyone's thoughts on this and what works for you?
  • GQjock

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    May 19, 2007 10:39 AM GMT
    Yeah that's always been a difficult thing for me to judge
    ...you don't wanna work out on an empty stomach
    esp a morning workout
    but you also don't want to workout with a very full stomach
    I give myself at least an hour after eating usually more
    in the morning I eat a half protein bar on the way to my workout and then finish it up after
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    May 19, 2007 6:08 PM GMT
    Optimally you should eat a medium sized, well rounded meal 2-3 hours before your workout to allow your digestive system to begin to start absorbing the energy from that food. This makes it where your digestive track is a peak absorption (in the intestine not stomach so you don't have to worry about cramps). This will give you a boost of energy by providing the energy from the meal during your workout. Also you should pack a granola bar or some other quick, easy and healthy carbohydrate and protein (only a little protein is required) snack to eat directly after your workout to aid in the replenishment of your glycogen stores in your muscles and to be sure that an appropriate amount of protein is available to heal your muscles. This healing process begins soon after you end the strenuous activity. That is why you must consume this snack with in 30min of the workout's end.
    Any more questions? Just ask and I'd be happy to answer.

    Personal Trainer -Mitch-
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    May 19, 2007 10:44 PM GMT
    I'm trying to lose fat and gain muscle - always hard to do at the same time - and i'm no longer a spring chicken. So it is hard to stay lo carb when u need carbs directly after working out. It will blow you out of ketosis.

    Any thoughts?
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    May 20, 2007 1:58 PM GMT
    I work out at 10am, and I begin those days with two breakfasts. I have my first breakfast at about 7am or a little earlier, and it's typically a couple pieces of whole grain toast with either cheese or eggs. At 8:15am, I have a second breakfast of a bowl of oatmeal with a spoon of virgin coconut oil, a little maple syrup, a 70cc scoop of pure whey protein powder, and a 10cc scoop of BCAA powder. If I have that second breakfast any later than that, I tend to start burping it up during the workout.

    BTW, I get my whey protein and BCAA in bulk from http://www.trueprotein.com/. Their service is great, and their prices are much lower than the packaged stuff from the store.
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    May 23, 2007 4:09 PM GMT
    Low carb diets are bad for you and you should never go on them, period. It is near imposible to build muscle and loose fat at the same time. choose the one you want more and aim for it first. (it is easier to loose fat than build muscle so I recomend doing that first)
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    Jun 30, 2007 12:12 AM GMT
    is it ok to just have a protein shake in the morning and then workout? as opposed to eating an actual meal..
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    Jun 30, 2007 1:25 AM GMT
    I do two scoops of protein and two teaspoons of sugar in water a half-hour before I work and, it seems to be just fine. And I have another shake and some carbs 20 minutes after I finish.