When to eat before a workout?

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  1. The Big Eye

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    How long do you guys wait after eating a meal to workout? I'm talking about a weight workout probably lasting an hour long involving any two muscle groups.

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    60-90 minutes. Unless it's leg day, then i like more time between my meal and working out.
     
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    i made the mistake of eating 20 minutes before i left for the gym on heavy lower day. i thought i was going to throw up on the way out, then i had to sit down for 10 minutes because of my lower back, then get to my car. that was some trip
     
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    Thanks guys
     
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    About 90 min prior for a smaller meal (chicken breast and small serving of pasta or rice). If its a big meal, more like 2-3 hours... I cannot go to the gym on a full stomach or I get indigestion and feel sluggish.
     
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    what about a shake and some triscuits? wait the full 60 minutes?
     
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    I keep hearing that pre- and post- workout meals are really important, but what am I suposed to be eating at either time? I've started going to the gym at ~5:45am so I haven't been eating anything pre-workout.
     
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    from an interview with Lyle that came out today

     
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    So should I just eat a chicken breast and rice right before I go to sleep or something? Thats going to be like 6-7 hrs before I work out and not 3-4.
     
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    a shake an hour before.
     
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    jesus, when did wanting to be in shape become a science? as a pseudo-beginner its VERY hard to keep up with everything and information is always changing.
     
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    I dont follow a routine nearly as strict as Lyle does and it seems to work rather well... Of course I am sure it could be better, but for those of us that have a social life, school, work, etc.. cannot be expected to make an exact science of the thing and have a stop watch going off with our meal plans (however it would be nice if I had that amount of time).

    For me, about 90-120 minutes prior to workout I have a small portion of lean protein and some carbs... This meal will usually consist of tuna or chicken for my lean protein and then a decent sized portion of rice or pasta. Then about 15-30min prior to my workout I sip on an easily digestible protein source such as a scoop of whey.

    After my workout I usually do cardio, play basketball, and shower... So I in order to get something in my body right away after I finish LIFTING I take a scoop of whey. Then once I get home about an 60 minutes later I eat another lean source of protein but usually more of it (2 chicken breasts) and some vege's with a baked potato or rice.

    I generally stick with this.. If I am bulking its the same shit, just in larger portions... If I am cutting, smaller portions and depending where I am in my cut I might knock out some of those post workout carbs like the rice or baked potato and stick with vege's or a salad with my lean protien.
     
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    I eat breakfast and then hit the gym when I'm done. By the time I start working out, usually about 30 minutes has elapsed.
     
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    30 minutes for me. Id like more time but I dont want to be getting up before 5am
     
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    For me, I eat as early as possible. Most of the time I workout at school, so its a little over 2 hours.
     
  16. Neo95gt

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    I get off work and have a medium little meal then workout right after. Theres like a 15min gap
     
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