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    Eating meat before gym = way more energy?

    In the past, I would only eat carbs before the gym and protein afterwards. So I might have cereal before the gym, then chicken afterwards.

    I found that I was often feeling weak and lightheaded at the gym. I would sometimes feel an urge to vomit after my workout too.

    But ever since I started eating meat before my workout (as well as carbs), this hasn't happened anymore.

    Is this a trick that you guys use?
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    Not just any kind of meat tho, it has to be the genitals.
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    You're probably under eating, this is why it makes such a difference.
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    I think people vastly overestimate how fast they can see the benefits (nutrients and energy) of the food they eat prior to working out. It varies by the type of food but realistically you are not going to see anything in the bloodstream from that meat you are eating until many hours later. In fact, your body will be diverting some of the energy to digesting it. Simple carbs will give a fast ingestion if energy but protein is a lot slower.
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    Originally Posted by beowulf359 View Post
    I think people vastly overestimate how fast they can see the benefits (nutrients and energy) of the food they eat prior to working out. It varies by the type of food but realistically you are not going to see anything in the bloodstream from that meat you are eating until many hours later. In fact, your body will be diverting some of the energy to digesting it. Simple carbs will give a fast ingestion if energy but protein is a lot slower.
    this. Meat is digested rather slowly.
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    Originally Posted by beowulf359 View Post
    I think people vastly overestimate how fast they can see the benefits (nutrients and energy) of the food they eat prior to working out. It varies by the type of food but realistically you are not going to see anything in the bloodstream from that meat you are eating until many hours later. In fact, your body will be diverting some of the energy to digesting it. Simple carbs will give a fast ingestion if energy but protein is a lot slower.
    Care to show some studies showing that nothing is in your bloodstream until hours later?
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    Care to show some studies showing that nothing is in your bloodstream until hours later?
    Some insight here:
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/digestive...s/faq-20058340

    This study referred to by several sites on this topic:
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319583
    https://www.healthline.com/health/ho...to-digest-food
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    Originally Posted by beowulf359 View Post
    I think people vastly overestimate how fast they can see the benefits (nutrients and energy) of the food they eat prior to working out. It varies by the type of food but realistically you are not going to see anything in the bloodstream from that meat you are eating until many hours later. In fact, your body will be diverting some of the energy to digesting it. Simple carbs will give a fast ingestion if energy but protein is a lot slower.
    I've often wondered about this.

    If you are feeling good and well energized in the gym, especially in the morning without proper digestion time from a meal, is your state more of a product of the prior days' worth of nutrition?

    I've been trying to nail down my pre nutrition for early morning lifts. Trying to strike a balance between being not overly full and not getting hungry mid workout and losing focus (happens from time to time and pisses me off).
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    Originally Posted by beowulf359 View Post
    That doesn’t say anything about when nutrients actually enter the blood or become available to tissues... digestion doesn’t happen all at once and some nutrients become absorbed very quickly

    For example, protein absorption occurs primarily on the small intestine, so it seems unlikely the amino acids would take more than a couple hours after eating to enter the blood
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    Eating solids too soon before a workout makes me queasy.
    I can tell time. Time cannot tell me.

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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    For example, protein absorption occurs primarily on the small intestine, so it seems unlikely the amino acids would take more than a couple hours after eating to enter the blood
    I’m just not sure that meat is going to contribute much directly to a workout shortly after eating is all I’m saying. If you are aiming for a protein boost prior to working out you probably would be better off with some kind of whey isolate rather than solid meat.
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    Originally Posted by beowulf359 View Post
    I think people vastly overestimate how fast they can see the benefits (nutrients and energy) of the food they eat prior to working out. It varies by the type of food but realistically you are not going to see anything in the bloodstream from that meat you are eating until many hours later.
    Amino acids are being stripped off well before the meat is fully digested. They start appearing in circulation within the first 30 minutes. See figure 1 for example: https://nrc-prod.literatumonline.com...&#.XlMShCXOclQ
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    Originally Posted by Mrpb View Post
    Amino acids are being stripped off well before the meat is fully digested. They start appearing in circulation within the first 30 minutes. See figure 1 for example: https://nrc-prod.literatumonline.com...&#.XlMShCXOclQ
    Nice. That's actually quicker than I was thinking, but good to know!
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    me too

    Originally Posted by Skinnyguy4 View Post

    Is this a trick that you guys use?
    I'm female but yes, I find this too. My go-to is an egg. If I eat an egg pre-workout I feel better and have sustained energy and less likely to feel nauseous. I'm a small female so just one egg
    will do the trick. I don't think it has anything to do with digestion in the small intestine and amino acids. If you are eating red meat, then I believe that it can raise your blood glucose levels somewhat but not as quickly or as much as carbs. The fat in the meat will also slow down the rate of glucose absorption, so you may be getting a more sustained glucose drip rather than a rush that drops quickly again. So this may be the mechanism as to how it's working in you. I'm sorry I don't have any references, it is stuff I read somewhere a long time ago. I guess the point is if it works for you, stick with it!
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