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What to Eat?

hey guys,

I do weights 3-4 times a week, and I am now adding some sprinting into my workout, 100m and 200m. For the nutrition. Do I eat before and after I run? Should the caloric intake for the sprinting day be the same as the workout days? Finally after when I eat the meal, should it be the same as the post workout meal that I have after my weights session?

Thanks for the help!

[quote]tntmarkgor wrote:
hey guys,

I do weights 3-4 times a week, and I am now adding some sprinting into my workout, 100m and 200m. For the nutrition. Do I eat before and after I run? Should the caloric intake for the sprinting day be the same as the workout days? Finally after when I eat the meal, should it be the same as the post workout meal that I have after my weights session?

Thanks for the help![/quote]

Me personally, I don’t like to eat before I run. It messes with my stomach. I usually take a Pre-Workout Formula or (if I eat) I eat 1 hr before I run. It’s usually something light (e.g. tuna fish and crackers). You know something with a good source of protein and carbs. As far as your calorie intake and post-workout meal (depending on how much you run), it should be the same as your workout days. I run and workout too (I do sprits and plyometrics). If I don’t supplement like I would on my workout days, I’m usually pretty sore and wiped out. Hope this helps!

tntmarkgor, are you cutting or bulking?

In general, bulking or cutting, your caloric intake from protein and fat is the same. You should be taking in 1g of protein per pound of body weight and 0.4g of fat per pound of body weight. The amount of carbs you take in will go up and down based on your goals (bulking or cutting) and your energy levels. Honestly, it’s something you need to tweak and adjust along the way, based on how you feel.

Why are you sprinting? Is it sports/performance related, or are you doing it for its cardiovascular and fat loss benefits? The reason I’m asking is that if you want peak performance, you’re going to want to make sure that blood sugar levels are optimal and muscle glycogen levels are full.

Tell us a little bit more about your diet and your situation, i.e., your goals, priorities, etc. That way we can give you a better answer.