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Meal timing

StrungOut

Hooded Kunce
I think it is best to eat all your carbs at breakfast with minimum fats but approximately 50% of your daily protein. Dinner with largely fats and some protein. And lunch fills out what else you need for the day
 

StrungOut

Hooded Kunce
It's so you have all your energy at the start of the day. You don't drive an empty car around. You put fuel in first
 
I think it's good for the body to go through periods of hunger and thirst throughout the week now and again.
 

Jungnaut

YOLO Kunce
I for one cannot function properly without a good breakfast. I had zero time for it today, so just had coffee and bananas instead of my usual proprietary blend of oats and other goodies. By mid morning I was dizzy and irritated, my patience level was at an all time low. After training I was starting to shake. Bottom line is it depends on the person. I can't train fasted but can with a full stomach, some people perform the best when hungry.
 
like a dr oz approved detox huh? Just drink lemon water and wheatgrass shots for 24 hours? :eek:

Not at all, I mean don't curl up in the phetus position in the corner of the room stressing about missing a meal, or a drink.

A poor workout that can be directly related to a missed meal ain't going to kill ya, could even ignite some chemical changes, shock the body and such.
 

Jungnaut

YOLO Kunce
Not at all, I mean don't curl up in the phetus position in the corner of the room stressing about missing a meal, or a drink.

A poor workout that can be directly related to a missed meal ain't going to kill ya, could even ignite some chemical changes, shock the body and such.

Good point, I used to worry about not getting enough calories in every meal, when in fact its likely better to look across a broader spectrum, like daily or even weekly intake. And training fasted can wake the body out of the comfort zone. I just got to remember not to do it on my deadlift days!
 

Bazza20

Well-known member
It's so you have all your energy at the start of the day. You don't drive an empty car around. You put fuel in first

Carbs are not your only source of energy.

Your body is still breaking down your last meal of the day at breakfast anyway.

You body is perfectly capable of using stored energy.

Unless you haven't eaten for a couple of days you at not on an empty fuel tank at breakfast anyway.
 

jzpowahz

Well-known member
I've skipped breakfast for about the last 3 years. I did the first half of my prep fasting in the morning. I got a dexa half way through (showed more LBM loss than I was hoping but don't believe it 100%) I have now added another meal in the morning that provides 30g of protein.

Second half of prep a little more aggressive and leaner now so will be interesting to see what the dexa shows re LBM maintenance/losses.

I like to self experiment.
 

steveP

Well-known member
Copied from the cereal thread as I think it's an important article for people to read.

Bit of a long read, but really well written about nutrient timing.

Precision Nutrition you eat really matter?



OK, forget the schedule

So who’s right? The breakfast advocates or the dinner advocates. Well, it depends.
Some research has found breakfast to be the best time for big meals (3 studies), some has found no differences in weight loss between big breakfasts and big dinners (2 studies), and other research has found significant benefits from eating more at night (2 studies).
What can we discern from this contradictory mish-mash of findings?
Really, it’s simple:
We’re all unique. There’s no one-size-fits all rule.


If early sunshine and scrambled eggs gets you through the day feeling awesome, great. If a robust dinner is more your thing, enjoy drifting off to sleep with the warm fuzzy feeling of a full belly.
Just like when you exercise, what’s most important is you make high-quality choices, consistently, whenever it works for you.


Your nutritional hierarchy of importance


  1. How much are you eating?
    (Recommendation: Eat until satisfied, instead of stuffed, follow PN’s Calorie Control Guide .)
  2. How you are eating?
    (Recommendation: Eat slowly and mindfully, without distraction.)
  3. Why are you eating?
    (Hungry, bored, stressed, following peer pressure, social cues, triggered by hyper-rewarding foods?)
  4. What are you eating?
    (Recommendation: Minimally processed proteins, veggies, fruits, healthy starches, and healthy fats.)
  5. Are you doing #1 to #4 properly, consistently?
    (Recommendation: Shoot for 80% consistency with these items before moving on.)
And only then consider…

  1. When are you eating?
    (Now you can consider breakfast, late-night, during your workout, etc.)
As you can see, nutrient timing makes the list, but it’s at the bottom. Timing your nutrients can help, but only if you have the other — and much more important — aspects of your eating in order first.

nutrient-timing-table_r4-01-1024x837.png
 

CaT_SPeW

extra crispy
Big breakfast or big dinner? Who cares it's personal preference. One thing I've found though Is a big lunch always leaves me sluggish and tired so unless it's a weekend and I can lounge on the couch I always eat light at lunch. If I have it at all ;)
 
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