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Eating Around Workouts


What is recommended to eat before and after workouts and how long before and after?


Food, and it doesn’t really matter.

It’s up to you. I like carbs, some protein, not much fat within the hour before and after. Lots of carbs and some protein during.

But it really, really isn’t that important as long you consistently get in an appropriate amount of calories for your purposes throughout the day.


Hi, thank you! I sometimes fast before working out. Is this good?


In a word, no. I think there is understood to be some merit to doing some cardio kind of fasted as long as you use Plazma or Surge or something during (I can’t quite find the article I’m afraid), but that’s about it.

A general rule of thumb is that you don’t want to train fasted.