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    Avoid eating a lot of fat before a workout?

    Hey guys,

    I once read/heard somewhere that you should avoid eating a lot of fat a couple of hours before an workout because you intestine need a lot of blood to absorb the fat into your blood.

    Can someone confirm this for me? (with a source if possible)
    Any clue if carbs/protein do the same? If so how much effect does it have?

    Would love to hear from you guys.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Working out in the morning before breakfast fits my schedule better. Coffee or a pre-workout drink is all I have. I start cooking breakfast about 2/3's of the way through the workout. Weights are in my garage. So is a heavy punching bag and a medium sized dog.
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    Eat whatever makes you perform the best.

    Test things out for yourself.

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    In my own anecdotal experience, there is a notable strength/performance drop if work out on an empty stomach, but also if I have eaten too much within the last two hours.

    A medium meal about an hour or two before training yields the best results.
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    Originally Posted by s4mmert View Post
    I once read/heard somewhere that you should avoid eating a lot of fat a couple of hours before an workout because you intestine need a lot of blood to absorb the fat into your blood.

    Can someone confirm this for me? (with a source if possible)
    Unless diarrhea is your default bowel movement, what you're eating a couple of hours before a workout isn't getting too far into your intestines during your workout if out of your stomach at all.

    Source: my rectum
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    Originally Posted by EliKoehn View Post
    In my own anecdotal experience, there is a notable strength/performance drop if work out on an empty stomach, but also if I have eaten too much within the last two hours.

    A medium meal about an hour or two before training yields the best results.
    This tends to be my experience. I can't eat anything with much fat before a workout or I feel sick & do far better with majority carbs for my pre-wo meal. I do better on high carb in general though. It's about what works for you, OP.
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    Originally Posted by Strawng View Post
    This tends to be my experience. I can't eat anything with much fat before a workout or I feel sick & do far better with majority carbs for my pre-wo meal. I do better on high carb in general though. It's about what works for you, OP.
    thats really what it comes down to. if it gives you an upset stomach, that in turn will decrease your performance. Some people have iron stomachs and can est whatever, or younger people can eat whatever, some people claim to train better fasted. gotta find what works for you. for me i perform best with some carbs, but not eat too much to where i have indigestion during the workout
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    Going off memory something about digestion taking a lot of energy?

    Depends on yourself. I have no problem eating a full dinner and working out 30 minutes later most times.
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    Digestive tissue pulling too much blood away to be able to perform exercise has been debunked many years ago. This was a stumbling block for me in the past.
    It will depend on the health of your digestive enzymes and microbiome as to how you handle certain macros (fats, proteins, carbs). The idea that eating fat pre workout is most likely directed towards high level athletes that may be doing more movement during exercise. As for a bodybuilder, we can just sit and rest between sets so digestion shouldn't be a huge issue unless there is underlying gut health problems.
    Carbs are jet fuel to utilize quickly, but once we get exhausted we tap into fat oxidation anyways so there's really no "better" answer.
    For example, I eat 4 eggs, protein shake with milk and exercise 15 mins later without issue. Each of us have our own abilities, just need to find yours.
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