Lorri:Yesterday, I think too much time passed after I had my protein shake and the time I worked out..2.5 hours. I could feel it in the middle of my workout. Should I have eaten half a quest bar or something an hour before? I was definitely feeling the workout yesterday more than the Saturday before. During the week I have a set routine, so this doesn’t happen.
When planning at your meal timing, the first thing to look at is your scheduled training time. Because I put a special emphasis on periworkout nutrition, all meals are based on this important time. I would look at your training time and then work backwards to determine how many and at what times you will eat your meals. If for example your workout is at 12 pm, I would schedule your pre-workout meal 45-60 minutes before that. Then go back 2.5 – 3 hours and put your preceding meal before that. Depending on your sleep/wake cycle you might fit another meal in before that. Generally, I try to schedule meals to be 2.5-3.5 hours apart give or take. Do the same thing for your meals after training. Have your post-workout meal and then schedule meals 2.5-3 hours after that. Sometimes our schedules get messed up and we have to shorten that window a little bit which is fine. Good question.