now, another issue i have is that i don’t seem to get enough energy from my pre-workout shake. do i need to eat somethign on top of the shake before i hit the gym? I am usually very hungry by the time i get home from work and before i hit the gym.
I am just confused about how much to eat and when. but thanks to ur posts i kinda get the idea now…[/quote]
One of the simplest plans i’ve seen that works great for getting lean and maintaining/adding muscle is basically this:
6 meals a day
At every meal, have mostly green vegetables and lean proteins. (ditch the ham. Think fish, chicken, eggs) Along with a good fat source: almonds, walnuts, olive oil…etc.
The only times you should be eating something that is not the above is before and after your workouts.
Cereal, rice, bread should only be had right before or right after a workout. One exception maybe being the morning.
Pre-workout: This is a good time to have a protein shake with some kind of carbohydrate. Throw in perhaps a 1/4 to 1/2 cup oats into your shake and blend it up. Or 2 pieces of whole grain toast with peanut butter along with your shake.
Another weird one: if i am especially hungry before a workout, i’ll have a tablespoon of olive oil.
Fats like olive oil and nuts curb hunger pretty immediately and you’ll get a pretty nice energy boost as well.
Try all of that for about 2 weeks and see how things are progressing.