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I read about weight lifters who go straight from the weights to the protien and they stress how important the timing is. I shoot for 15 minutes after a workout because I have to walk home from the gym and make my shake.
I'm curious about this too, anyone have any suggestion?
I prefer to eat my bacon cheeseburger while ON the treadmill. Sort of like a fuel-as-you-go system...And a 12 oz milkshake fits perfectly in the cupholder!
It depends on what you're eating. If it's a big meal, then an hour or two might be best. If it's just a yogurt, or a banana, then 20 minutes is probably enough.
there is no "window" where the body is more accepting of protein. you must be falling for the advertisements.
I eat just before I workout and have never had a problem, although I don't eat very heavy until after my workouts, I usually have a about 300 cals worth of complex carbs and protein with a little fat. Unless you are working out in high intensity cardio, which could lead to vomiting, there is usually no problem and you can even swim right after eating.
I usually do weights then my cardio after and have never had a problem except under very intense cardio with weights involved (eg. tabata with front squat), but you tend feel sick even on an empty stomach when you overexert and that can be for several reasons. We used to get a lot of people vomiting and dry heaving on our 4am run/calisthenics during basic and they hadn't eaten for several hours.
I find that running on a full stomach is a bad thing for me. So I try to wait about an hour after a full meal.
I do not bad in the morning on an empty stomach, but I usually try to have a piece of fruit or something before going for a run. I can't swim on an empty stomach though... I get wicked heartburn if I do. Even a glass of milk is enough to stop that.
Before a weight workout or HIIT - Get a good portion of complex carbs and protein 60-90 minutes before hand.
After weights/HIIT - Make sure to get a good porition of protein and SIMPLE carbs within 30-60 minutes of finishing. I know that some people say it has to be the first 30 minutes. However, as long as you get it in the first hour, you are fine. You usually want to avoid simple carbs. However, after a workout is the one time where you want this because it causes an insulin spike which makes the body absorb the protein faster. A good PWO drink would be 40-60 grams of whey protein and 50-60 grams of Dextrose. Chocolate milk is also a good choice as well.
Original Post by vyperman7:
. Chocolate milk is also a good choice as well.
Chocolate milk has always been my favorite PWO drink since it inexpensive and something I've loved since I was a kid. Only problem is the calories are pretty high when you are trying to lose weight, but it's a plus if you are in a weight gain situation.
@popcorn_shrapnel That is tooo funny!!! LMAO