Working out X hours after eating
I workout at noon, 4ish hours in after eating. So, ok.
Yesterday I had to workout at night. This was 6 hours after eating, at 8.30-9.30pm. I had the best workout in months. Felt strong as hell.
I thought I'd be weaker if we go a number of hours without eating. I just felt better. I always get a little bit nervous and stressed between meals, especially if it's a workout day, because of the correlation I put in my mind about X hours after eating = energy levels. All that stupid stress... for what?
Someone explain this to me?
Less energy used for digestion = more energy for workout perhaps?
Hard to judge...especially when it just happened once and I'm sure it's different for everyone. I usually work out about 4-5 hours after eating. I don't like to workout close to a meal.
Last edited by healthy11; 01-02-2012 at 02:13 PM.
I have done an intense weight workout on a full stomach, as well as an 18 hour fast, and I personally find no difference between those two scenarios. I really wouldn't worry about the daily logistics of food as long as your long term macros are solid. It's not like I can suddendly lift 50lbs less because I haven't eaten in 6 hours as opposed to 4 hours.
Get a good meal within 2 hours of a hard workout though
gotta get it out of your head. martin on leangains crunched some numbers on how long things take to digest, and the gist i got was that even 20 or 30 hours after a meal, the good stuff is seeping into your system.
Originally Posted by JPA
i prefer to eat light before a work out.
I'm going to workout at my usual time today and check how I feel.
I kinda agree. I usually feel sleepy after a very heavy lunch due to this. I guess it also depends on the overall health of your body cells and how they absorb and utilize nutrients.
Originally Posted by healthy11