I would have a little something PRE workout. Also, eating protein immediately after your workout helps in the repair of your muscles. If you had done a cardio workout, and you are trying to lose weight, I would say, YES! WAIT a while to eat. But, after a strength workout, I would get a little protein in me...
I think depending on who you ask you will get a different opinion as to what to eat and when to eat after a workout. If due to your schedule that is the best you can do and it is working for you then don't stress over it.
I do agree you need a little something before your 5:30 AM workout. You are breaking a fast from the night before, that is why they call it breakfast. You need something. Also, when you exercise on an empty stomach you do not lose fat but muscle weight ( according to an article I read here on Spark)
My trainer has told me that since I was wanting to lose fat and build muscle, not to eat prior to working out and to eat oatmeal and protein mix within 30 min. afterward. Because I eat 4 meals a day, my last meal would have enough protein to get me through my workout. I looked at him skeptical, but he was right. I haven't gotten sick or dizzy. I bring my mix in a shaker that I got from GNC that keeps the powder from getting thick and if I have errands I bring my oatmeal and eat it at red lights while driving. It has worked for me.
No longer do I rush the process; instead I embrace and enjoy it!
Each one was helpful. I will try to make a protein shake before I go to have in the car after working out on the way to work. I saw a recipe for protein bars and that would probably be a good on the go meal too. Also, the cup of milk is a great idea for before the workout.
Thanks again! Looking forward to being on this journey with all of you.
Edited by: TWOBLESSINGS at: 7/15/2009 (12:38)
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I think as long as it works for you, you should be fine. I have to agree with the "you might need to eat something small before". I know it is early, but I will tell you from my experience, you need to break that sleeping fast. I got in the habit of just drinking a cup of milk. It helped me have enegry during the workout and gave me a kick start in the morning with protein.
I agree with RANDOM00B. I actually have a shake immediately after a workout AND eat a small meal within 45 minutes.
A little excerpt for you...
"After a hard workout your muscles are torn down, glycogen is depleted, and you may have even entered catabolism. The only way to stop this is by feeding them the nutrients that they need. Studies show that carbs are stored as glycogen 125% more efficiently directly after working out than any other time during the day. Also, protein synthesis (the building of new muscle) is highly elevated. It only makes sense to take advantage of this time and feed your muscles what they need to repair and grow. "
I would put something in a little cooler. Some sort of protein shake would probably be best, but lately I've been drinking a cup of skim of milk and it's been fine for me. They even make ready to drink shakes, but I haven't found one that's clean.
Yes, that is DEFINITELY too long to go w/o eating after taxing the muscles. Generally, nutritionists recommend eating 30 min., 1 hr. max to replenish muscles.
Do you have a blender? Making a smoothie right after you get home works and it's very quick to make (and drink). You can combine some protein (powder, yogurt) and carbs (banana, frozen fruit), ground flaxseed, and lots of other things. I believe SparkPeople has some articles with smoothie recipes. Check them out.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -- Aristotle
Our bodies are very efficient. As long as you are not feeling weak or fatigued there should be no problem waiting. I hope you are drinking water before and after that work out. AND... if possible at some point, start eating before... something small like an apple or banana. Also, remember to pay attention to your body... it doesn't lie. Congrats on starting again. I'm with you!
Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.
I am just starting back with exercising. I have about 85-95 lbs. to lose. Yesterday, I got up and went to a 5:30 am Barbell Class that had tons of upper body strength training, lower body and abs. It is definitely a great strength training workout. I work all day and want to spend time with my kids and husband at night so I need to commit to working out in the am.
So, my question is, I did the class from 5:30 to 6:30 am. I got a shower at the YMCA and headed right to work. When I got to work at 8 am I had my oatmeal with ground flax, wheat germ, applesauce and a couple of raisins.
Is that too long to wait to eat after a workout. I cannot eat before I go. It is too early. I want to get the best benefit for my body for all of my efforts. I am in the beginning stages of getting fit again. I am not "training" for anything. Just want to get back on track with my health. I will also be doing cardio on the opposite days of the class in the am and my breakfast will be the same time as well.
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