Timing of breakfast when working out


swestie

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I've read in the Whole30 book that I should definitely eat something before working out, and something after working out too. But it also refers to this meal as an "extra" or "bonus" meal.

 

I work out at 5:30AM. So I had a little protein and fat before, and a little after working out, including a carby veggie. Were these two my breakfast? Or am I supposed to also eat again for breakfast? 

I am confused. :huh:

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Nope. Those are your pre & postWO meals.

You should be having a breakfast too.

If it helps, when I work out at silly o'clock I have a small amount of fat @ 6am, I work out, I eat some protein (& optional starchy carb) immediately upon finishing, shower & then eat my breakfast as soon as I get to work.
 

I don't generally bother with a preWO if I train in the evening (although I do include more fat in meal 2), but I do then take a small postWO meal before having meal 3.

Hope this helps.

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I'm heading back into the gym in earnest this week, but I went with the intention of NOT being intense as my back is still not at 100%. I did row a couple of miles and kept my HR at a 5-6 or so on the 1-10 RPE scale.  I had an egg and some coconut oil in my coffee, and I also had a meal size serving of meat and a boiled potato after. Can't say I was hungry for breakfast, but I ate it anyway. This is all still right? 

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I am a cross fitter. I workout at 8:30 am. Any suggestions on what to eat prior to workout? Specifics, not just "small protein, small fat". Thanks

Hard boiled egg is a popular choice. You can find more by browsing the Whole30 for athletes forum.

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I'm not sure that there is a specified minimum amount of time between postWO and the next meal but for me it's usually close to 30-45mins, allowing for travel from the gym to my office.

The main thing is that the protein gets a digestive head start before you start eating any fats which will then slow the process down & prevent your body from absorbing the valuable nutrients. It need only be a few bites but bear in mind that of all the macronutrients protein takes the longest to digest so don't rush your next meal too much.

 

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I'm not sure that there is a specified minimum amount of time between postWO and the next meal but for me it's usually close to 30-45mins, allowing for travel from the gym to my office.

The main thing is that the protein gets a digestive head start before you start eating any fats which will then slow the process down & prevent your body from absorbing the valuable nutrients. It need only be a few bites but bear in mind that of all the macronutrients protein takes the longest to digest so don't rush your next meal too much.

 

 

Thank you! I have the rough equivalent of half a turkey burger before and after I workout with coffee with coconut cream as a fat before the workout.. About 45 minutes later I have breakfast. I just want to make sure I am giving my body adequate time to get the benefits of the Post-WO meal before I then have breakfast with protein, veggies, fats and starches.

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