View Full Version : Pre-workout meal...how long before workout?

02-04-2005, 06:15 PM
How long before a workout should a 250-300 calorie meal/snack come, assuming it's whole food and not a shake? How much shorter for a shake? I like getting a pre-workout boost, but I hate working out on a full stomach...

02-04-2005, 06:22 PM
If 250-300 calories is going to give you a full stomach, you have bigger things to be worrying about than timing your meals...

30-60 min for a whole food meal that size, maybe 0-30 min for a shake...I don't know it's really not much food to be worrying about.

02-04-2005, 07:24 PM
As vido said, ~250cals is a snack. Have snacks in the 45-10min before range.

02-05-2005, 03:47 AM

Think its about 2 hours for a wholefood 'meal', maybe Adam or Vido can clear that up tough.

02-05-2005, 12:29 PM
2 hours makes sense if you're eating an "actual" meal, you know, steak and potatoes or something. 250 calories doesn't classify as a meal in my book.

02-05-2005, 03:56 PM
250 cals is a tbsp of pb, and 1shake with water.
Barely enough to wet your mouth.
so, give 2 hours for a meal, ~15-40mins for 250cals

02-05-2005, 04:17 PM
I was just curious because the last issue of Muscle and Fitness magazine suggests eating the following meal 1 hour before working out:

-1 cup fat free cottage cheese
-4 slices rye toast with 2 tbsp grape jam
532 calories, 35g protein, 69g carbs, 4 g fat

Seemed like a lot to eat only an hour before training

02-05-2005, 11:08 PM
According to an article on AskMen.com, 65% to 70% of the total calories of your pre-workout meal should come from carbs (primarily complex carbs). In addition, 15% of the total calories of your meal should come from protein. And because fat takes longer to digest, and therefore uses more energy than protein and carbs, it should be kept to a minimum immediately before a workout.

Finally, to answer the question in this thread, the article says that a big meal of 1,000 to 1,500 calories takes three to four hours to be digested and converted into energy, whereas a smaller meal of about 600 calories will take only two to three hours. A small snack under 300 calories will only take about an hour.