Pre-Workout Food

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  1. DatacomGuy

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    Trying to plan a new diet that includes a little more accurate pre and post workout setup. Prior, I didn't eat anything before, and just my normal protein but low carb dinner post.

    I've been reading that it's good to get a shake in pre-workout..

    Is it just as effective to just eat regular food? About 45-60 minutes prior?
     
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    Well for post work out a shake is usually good to get in right away. I would also mix in some complex carb. What I usually do is as soon as I get home from the gym I eat some tuna/brown rice and I drink a whey shake afterwards.

    As for pre work out I would get some kind of simple carb for the energy. I just drink the Size On to fuel me through my work out.
     
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    Well I was thinking banana and a shake pre workout.. but trying not to drink so many shakes..
     
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    You could do that. But for post make sure you get alot of protein somehow. I keep it down to 2 protein shakes a day. Anymore than that would be supplementing for food too much.
     
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    I always have a shake and a complex carb source at least an hour and a half before my workouts. :dunno:

    Post workout, I stick to solid foods: brown rice, tuna, chicken breasts, steak, etc.
     
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    OK. I'll stick with the shake.
     
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    Is it as effective to eat regular food? Well maybe, if you can keep it down and it doesn't make you uncomfortable while you lift. About the most I can get away with personally is a shake and some fruit or 1/2 - 1 cup of oats. Any more than that and I feel too bloated.

    Post WO, I stick to liquid for the first hour after I am done (more protein powder, powdered gatorade, etc) and then switch over to solids after that.

    You mentioned going low carb post workout, but unless you are trying to lose fat, then I wouldn't do that. Even if you are trying to lose fat, I would still keep some carbs post workout, unless you find that you aren't losing. If that is the case, I would still try to move some carbs from somewhere else in your day to that time.

    IMO, if you are going to remove carbs from your diet, the last place they should be removed from is your pre/post wo nutrition.
     
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    In the pre-game nutrition thread someone suggested eating a peanut butter sandwich. It's what I've been doing and it works well.
     
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    I agree - read a tad closer; I was low carbing a few months ago and had about 30-45 net carbs a day; and barely any post workout.. so as I redesign a new diet after taking 3 months off, I want to make sure I keep them surrounding my workout.
     
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    Mmmm sounds good.

    Thought I read to avoid fats before and after workout? Can anyone verify?
     
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    i don't like have milky liquid in my stomach before workouts- i feel sick.

    PB Sandwich is the way to go! or pancakes, which are always awesome
     
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    Mmmm pancakes..
     
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    I would only because the inclusion of significant fat calories would slow down digestion (more of an issue immediately PostWO, when you are really trying to get quick nutrition as opposed to an hour or so before, which shouldn't be so much of a problem).

    That being said, I really don't think it makes that much of a difference.
     
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    THat's what I remembered reading..
     
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