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Starchy Carbs - When?


#1

Template

Meal 1: Contains starchy carbs
Meal 2: Few carbs, if any
Meal 3: Few carbs, if any
Meal 4: (Post-Workout Nutrition) Contains starchy carbs
Meal 5: Contains starchy carbs

I found the above template. If I work out at 6 am, what order would I use?

Meal 1 would be pre workout
Meal 2 post workout
Meal 3 about 12.30 pm
Meal 4 about 4 pm
Meal 5 about 8 pm

Thanks


#2

I have been reading so I will hazard a guess:

Meal 1 (Pre-workout) - Starchy carbs
Meal 2 (Post-workout - Starchy carbs
Meal 3 - Few carbs
Meal 4 - Starchy carbs
Meal 5 - Few carbs
Meal 6 - Few carbs


#3

You really do not need to worry so much or think so hard.


#4

Have you ever asked yourself if you thought you were deficient in some nutrients, or how many mmol of trolox equivalents you eat per day?


#5

Actually I agree that I never want to worry too much about certain nutritional things. In general I just try to keep fat low as much as possible. But, I was interested in what is best pre and post workout when dealing with carbs.

But yeah, I don’t actually count anything :slight_smile:

Right now, for pre I eat a banana and a yoghurt museli bar. For post I have a protein shake with spinach, almonds, water, and mango + a hard boiled egg. The rest of the day it is salad and vegetables with chicken, beef, or salmon. I just drink water, but will sneak in a small container of low fat milk.


#6

Unless you’re doing something deliberately low carb then the timing isn’t really that big a deal, though you will tend to tolerate them somewhat better at breakfast or after working out. The quality of the carbs, especially their ability to cause a quick insulin spike is usually more important. Insulin is an anabolic hormone, that’s great when bulking, not so good when cutting. For your specific question it would be:

Meal 1: Contains starchy carbs
Meal 2: Contains starchy carbs
Meal 3: Few carbs, if any
Meal 4: Few carbs, if any
Meal 5: Few carbs, if any

However, without knowing your specific goals it’s hard to say whether that’s actually worth the effort or a good idea.