[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
Even those Pro BBers who will tell you they only eat protein before their morning cardio (“to preserve muscle”, or some other BS like “no carbs for fuel, so you have to burn fat”), I don’t buy into it for a couple of very simple reasons…
1- Your body has been fasting all night. It is essentially eating away at it’s muscles the longer you go without giving it some nourishment… wouldn’t adding additional stress from the fasted cardio create more of a catabolic effect, and in essence, cause the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve? (Namely, preserving muscle and losing fat. Muscle burns up calories every day, so don’t lose it dummy!)
2- I forget where I read it recently, but it was a pretty good argument that the idea that what you’ve eaten relatively close, before your training session (whether weights or cardio) has no actual bearing on where your fuel source comes from, and as such would be in direct contradiction to what you read in Flex or MuscleRag INternational. Hence, if you’re doing cardio in the morning, the fuel will be based on your dinner the night before, and all eating some protein beforehand will do, is redirect blood away from the working muscles and into your gut (remember Mommy telling you not to swim after eating?)
(If I’m totally wrong, feel free to cite away, but these arguments, especially the first one I listed, make a lot of sense)
I agree with your second point.
There is no way you can digest and burn the preworkout meal soon enough to have it used as fuel. Besides, the physical demands of activity will will determine which source your body will go to, and you already have glycogen and fat stores.
The point of eating before working out would be to keep insulin high so that whatever nutrients you intake during workout or even PWO will go where they need to go.
This is why I think taking half a serving of Surge Recovery pre-workout, then a second half + whey PWO is probably a good strategy.
Or, if you’ve had a good insulin spiking meal pre-workout, Surge Recovery or the resultant insulin rush from it is probably not necessary, but at least get in some protein (whey/casein) so you can capitalize off the pre-workout meal’s insulin response.