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Old 06-02-2009, 09:38 PM   #1
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Question Do you eat right before you work out?

Some people say that you shouldn't eat right before you work out...

when your stomach is full, wait for 2 hours then work out.

but I don't like doing any excercise when I'm hungry so I always eat. Is it a bad idea?
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I eat before I workout because I always have quite a tight schedule. I wake up, eat breakfast, go to the gym, shower up, and then it's time for work. So I can't really just wait a couple hours before going to the gym.

A lot of my friends can't eat before they workout they said they feel too bloated but if I don't eat before I work out I tend to feel dizzy during my workout.

Honestly I don't think it affects my workout by eating before, mind you I do get around 30-40 minutes from when I eat to my first exercise (getting dressed 5mins, brushing up 5 mins, driving 10-15minutes, stretching 5-10minutes).
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i eat 2 hours minimum prior to gym or hockey. My system will make me puke if i eat earlier than that prior to my physical stuff.

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No there's no real need (if by "workout" you mean lifting weights). I do sometimes take a whey shake with me, but water is enough. I have plenty of energy to last for my ass-kicking 30-40 minutes, and I don't want to interfere with my protein/insulin spike right after the workout. Generally, you don't want to have too much insulin going during a workout, but right after.

However, for hard gainers, it is recommended to plan pre-workout and post-workout nutrition.
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I eat before and then shake after. I am a hard gainer. I need all the help I can get.

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I eat a couple hours before hitting the gym. Then a shake afterwards.
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If you eat right before working out, you will lose a lot of blood flow that is needed for the muscles to grow. Your body will redirect blood to your digestive system, so you can digest the food vs directing it to the muscles in use.
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i eat at like 4, carbs and protien, then work out at 5ish, just take a 2L of water with you
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If you eat right before working out, you will lose a lot of blood flow that is needed for the muscles to grow. Your body will redirect blood to your digestive system, so you can digest the food vs directing it to the muscles in use.
So how long do you suggest? Hmm I don't find a problem with muscle growth, I have more of a problem with my stamina.
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So how long do you suggest? Hmm I don't find a problem with muscle growth, I have more of a problem with my stamina.
i find a hour is perfect throw some fat and veggies in also for stamina maybe
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So how long do you suggest? Hmm I don't find a problem with muscle growth, I have more of a problem with my stamina.

It comes hand in hand. Your body is taking energy to digest. Have your food at the latest, 1.5 hrs before the gym. Then have your shake post workout.
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If your body needed that much energy to digest, we would be a pretty inefficient species. The basic idea is right (don't go to the gym stuffed with food) but it's for other reasons (sympathetic system) not "energy to digest". Although in a way, I guess it's correct. Just expected more detailed info from a trainer
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for performance, eat an hour before working out.


for fat-loss, protein only or empty stomach before working out.
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i eat about 1.5 hours before the gym... but i do alot of cardio.. and eating right before cardio makes me feel a bit sick !!!!!!
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If your body needed that much energy to digest, we would be a pretty inefficient species. The basic idea is right (don't go to the gym stuffed with food) but it's for other reasons (sympathetic system) not "energy to digest". Although in a way, I guess it's correct. Just expected more detailed info from a trainer
I don't have time for detailed answers at 5am

The body routes blood to muscles being used for work. When you are digesting, 65%(if I recall correctly) of your blood is routed primarily to your digestive system. So you are left with 35% blood flow to the rest of the body during this period. This is one of the reasons people feel tired from eating. Digesting will take the length of your workout or longer. You are not going to be as efficient as you are post digestion and you miss out on a lot of nutrients going to your targeted muscles. The digestive system is more detailed than eating and shitting I wish I kept the chart from when I was studying human kinetics to post up.

hope that was a better answer! cheers
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when i eat bad chinese food with a hangover im quite confident my digestive system only consists of eating and shitting.


..... anyways.. I usually eat dinner by 6:30pm and Im at the gym for 8:30pm. so 2 hours for me. anything over 1 hour seems to be fine. and 3 hours would be too long as Id be hungry again by then.


on the same note, dont have sex before you goto the gym either. or even rub one out for that matter. that seems to have more of a negative impact than what and when you eat.
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when i eat bad chinese food with a hangover im quite confident my digestive system only consists of eating and shitting.


..... anyways.. I usually eat dinner by 6:30pm and Im at the gym for 8:30pm. so 2 hours for me. anything over 1 hour seems to be fine. and 3 hours would be too long as Id be hungry again by then.


on the same note, dont have sex before you goto the gym either. or even rub one out for that matter. that seems to have more of a negative impact than what and when you eat.
lol I agree on both. Your testosterone will be at a lower level if you have sex or fap.
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lol I agree on both. Your testosterone will be at a lower level if you have sex or fap.
OH NO FUCKING WONDER, I FAP RIGHT BEFORE WORKOUT! GOD DAMN thx for this
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