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    Hi all,

    I am just starting to go back to school for this spring semester and the most opportune time for me to get a good workout in is prior to class @ about 5:30-6:30. Now getting up and working out is no problem for me, however I do prefer to only eat one meal later in the day.

    I know there are benefits to fasting before a workout, and there are benefits to fasting after a workout; but how about both? Is it detrimental? Advantageous? Neither?

    Thanks,
    JT

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    Hey JT. JT Here too.

    You will get varying responses to this. I used to do early morning fasted workouts each day, and I didn't seem to have an issue with strength gains. However, I do a Leangains style program now, so I take BCAA's before my fasted workout. Do they work? I have no idea, maybe, but I am making gains just the same. Supposedly they prevent muscle breakdown as a result of the fasted workout.

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    • #3
      i think you should work out whenever it is best for you, and eat whenever it is best for you, and not worry too much about the very minor advantages or disadvantages that come with fasting pre/post workout. i don't think there are any drawbacks to fasting before and after a workout, particularly if you're not hungry (though, the BCAAs might be a good idea). there probably are some advantages, like a longer burn post workout. but, again, i'd call that fairly minor.

      my only concern with what you're doing is the time. it's great that you don't have any problem getting up for an early workout. but, make sure you're getting enough sleep overall.
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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      • #4
        You might want to read this:

        Post Workout Fasting | Mark's Daily Apple

        Mark says that HGH is increased by fasting and by exercise. Sometimes he'll purposely fast after a workout to maximize the benefits of the HGH increase by combining both methods together.
        "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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        • #5
          Yeah I've read about the benefits of either method, I was just wondering if I should try and eat before or after. Looks like time for some self experimentation and seeing what works out best for me.

          I've never been hungry after exercising, so if anything maybe I'd eat before. Does anyone know why I'm not hungry afterwards? I know some people that are starving yet I can't force myself to eat a thing.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jtrain_36 View Post
            I've never been hungry after exercising, so if anything maybe I'd eat before. Does anyone know why I'm not hungry afterwards? I know some people that are starving yet I can't force myself to eat a thing.
            this happens to me sometimes too. not sure why. but usually the hunger comes around in a couple of hours. it could just be that your workout is blocking or inhibiting grehlin production and that's keeping you from being hungry.
            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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