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    • 5 Preworkout Meal Fails


      By John A. Phillips Mens Fitness

      What do you eat before your workout? The wrong foods can wreak havoc on your body—and sabotage your exercise routine.

      All psyched up for that killer session in the gym? Having explosive energy is key, but eating the wrong foods too close to go-time can really ruin your workout and set your training back in a big way.

      “Putting the wrong things in your tank before you exercise can leave you lethargic, crash your system, or cause wicked cramps,” says Jim White, R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “And going on empty can do the same.”

      So don’t doom your cardio or weight session before it even starts. Here, the biggest pre-workout diet mistakes many men make—and why you should avoid them.


      Mistake #1: The Sugar High

      You’ve come up against an afternoon energy crash and are hoping that chocolate donut—which has been sitting on your desk since morning—will give you a high you can ride straight through your last rep. In reality, though, it’s going to do the opposite.

      “Anything that sweet and high in refined carbs will spike your blood sugar—and cause you to crash right in the middle of your workout,” says White.


      Mistake #2: The Fast Food Meal

      So you don’t necessarily intend to exercise after housing a hamburger value meal, but as it sits like a brick in your stomach, you feel desperate to work it off. Hey, whatever gets you to the gym, right?

      Wrong. High-fat meals can take up to four hours to digest, which will seriously slow you down. “All your blood is flowing to your stomach to help with digestion, which means it’s moving away from your muscles when they need it most,” says White.


      Mistake #3: The Empty Stomach

      You think that going for a run right on the edge of hunger will help you burn off tons of fat? Sucker. All it’s going to do is make your workout feel like hell.

      “Training hard on an empty stomach starves your muscles of glycogen—which makes them tire faster,” says White. “Even something small, like a piece of fruit and some yogurt, will give your entire body a much-needed boost.”


      Mistake #4: The Energy Drink

      This one’s tricky, because research has proven that a little pre-workout caffeine can rev you up. The problem is, monstrous energy drinks also have tons of workout-crashing sugar (See: Mistake #1)—and relying on them regularly might kill your fitness game long-term.

      “The high amounts of caffeine in many of these drinks can really wreck your sleeping habits, setting off a vicious cycle,” says White. “Because when you don’t get enough sleep, your workouts and diet suffer, too.”


      Mistake #5: The Raw Egg ****tail

      We’ve all seen Rocky, where America’s favorite fictional-champ-in-training starts his day off by chugging a glassful of raw eggs. And while a hit of protein before a workout can help build muscle, there are much better ways to get it than a rank-tasting beverage…that could come with a side dose of diarrhea-causing salmonella.

      So what should you have instead? For a pre-workout snack, White recommends Greek yogurt or cottage cheese paired with a healthy carb, like fruit—or downing a modest protein shake (about 200-300 calories) 45 minutes before you’re set to sweat.

      All psyched up for that killer session in the gym?

      Source: http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition...g-for-exercise
      Comments 21 Comments
      1. xilinx's Avatar
        xilinx -
        Isn't it a sad situation that the word "****tail", in #5, got censored?
      1. Torobestia's Avatar
        Torobestia -
        There's a lot of handwaving in this article. For what it's worth I go with cottage cheese preWO, but that's really only due to convenience and my personal preference with meal timing more than anything.
      1. howwedo107's Avatar
        howwedo107 -
        Fasted still seems best for me
      1. Deanjones87's Avatar
        Deanjones87 -
        I do agree with everything except the fasted workout statement. For a person not
        Accustomed to it:.. Then yes performance will be affected. But if your like me and follow the lean gains protocol.... Fasted training is 2nd nature.... Burns tons of fat and keeps me lean. Also.... Protein synthesis signaling enzymes are more activated in a fasted training state... "CPK phosphase" dnt quote me on the exact enzyme.... But you get the point!

        "don't just dream your life away, become what you dream"
      1. etnukekav's Avatar
        etnukekav -
        c0cktail.
      1. Tomahawk88's Avatar
        Tomahawk88 -
        I go a number of hours without food ie 4 before a workout. Doesn't seem to negatively effect me.
      1. toddgranit's Avatar
        toddgranit -
        Originally Posted by howwedo107 View Post
        Fasted still seems best for me
        Likewise.
        Peace
      1. AaronJP1's Avatar
        AaronJP1 -
        Originally Posted by howwedo107 View Post
        Fasted still seems best for me
        I'm a food man around work out time... Plus it's the best time to eat your garbage...

        Every1 uses what works for them.
      1. bono1132's Avatar
        bono1132 -
        I usually have a big lunch around 1 then workout around 4 or 5 gives plenty of time for food to digest before the workout. Weekends I work out in the morning so I like to have supersport vanilla cream protein mixed in Orange juice then lift 45 to an hour after and its worked out pretty great!
      1. Medical420's Avatar
        Medical420 -
        Fresh raw eggs contains no salmonella. It is only when close to room temperature and a period of time is reached before it is a concern. Not saying its wise pre. But jus saying

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      1. Kinggrommet's Avatar
        Kinggrommet -
        My preworkout meal:

        2 big ass tablespoons of Greek yogurt
        1 1/2 scoops of whey
        1 cup of skim milk
        1 cup ground, uncooked oatmeal
        Enough water to make it not so thick

        I attack this stuff with a blender and drink it about an hour before workout. Simple and sweet. My workouts seem to really suffer when I don't have it.
      1. TheSaiyan's Avatar
        TheSaiyan -
        Fasted or gtfo in my books, I don't see how eating so close to lifting is ever a good idea. Even an hour seems too close to me for biological purposes.
      1. andrewk369's Avatar
        andrewk369 -
        being involved in sports my whole life I have grown used to eating pretty close to performing/working out. I eat eggs probably 2 hrs before I workout and it has never had any negative effect on me.
      1. ka0tik's Avatar
        ka0tik -
        I think fasted with bcaa's is best.

        I agree with the energy drink statement but it is a lil odd since most preworkout supps (no xplode, superpump, etc) have a ton of caffeine and other stims, some have sugar/carbs as well.
      1. redms's Avatar
        redms -
        Ive tried the preworkout meal but it seems to just sit in my guts and makes it hard to give 100%.

        Like my eggs cooked though!
      1. Torobestia's Avatar
        Torobestia -
        Bear in mind, guys, that the arguments this guy is making is based on nothing but his opinion.

        I can't tell you the number of times I've gone to the gym less than an hour after eating a baconator without any sort of interference.
      1. Tomahawk88's Avatar
        Tomahawk88 -
        Originally Posted by Torobestia View Post
        Bear in mind, guys, that the arguments this guy is making is based on nothing but his opinion.

        I can't tell you the number of times I've gone to the gym less than an hour after eating a baconator without any sort of interference.
        Sadly this is true for a lot of fitness "expert's" articles.
      1. nemix's Avatar
        nemix -
        Umm starving your muscles of glycogen is the point... So your body uses fat... Hmmm
      1. OrganicShadow's Avatar
        OrganicShadow -
        Nothing wrong with training fasted. My pumps are better. If you want an energy boost sure grab a banana but it won't kill your workout. Nothing wrong with raw eggs either as medical420 mentioned- as long as your storing then properly.
      1. redms's Avatar
        redms -
        Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
        Nothing wrong with training fasted. My pumps are better. If you want an energy boost sure grab a banana but it won't kill your workout. Nothing wrong with raw eggs either as medical420 mentioned- as long as your storing then properly.
        I remember reading somewhere about protein in fully cooked eggs is 50% more bioavailable ready to use by the body than raw eggs.

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