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Old 07-05-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default Question about meal timing.

I've seen allot of conflicting opinions on this.

Some say it makes all the difference, while others say its irrelevant.

Seen as this is the most experienced lifting forum on the net with the largest BS filter, What can you guys tell me about meal timing and its impact on muscle and strength gains.


Its something that if important would effect me, and I would think most other fairly busy people.

Just the other day I went to see a friend for a few hours and didn't eat when I was at his house with my diet being so particular, so when I got back I had to find time to workout AND wolf down 3 meals with a post workout shake in the space of about 3 hours. Obviously not ideal if meal timing does in fact matter.


What do you think?

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I've seen allot of conflicting opinions on this.

Some say it makes all the difference, while others say its irrelevant.

Seen as this is the most experienced lifting forum on the net with the largest BS filter, What can you guys tell me about meal timing and its impact on muscle and strength gains.


Its something that if important would effect me, and I would think most other fairly busy people.

Just the other day I went to see a friend for a few hours and didn't eat when I was at his house with my diet being so particular, so when I got back I had to find time to workout AND wolf down 3 meals with a post workout shake in the space of about 3 hours. Obviously not ideal if meal timing does in fact matter.


What do you think?
The meal timing aspect, I don't use, so I'll let the others chime in on that particular point.



Concerning the 3 meals and a shake in 3 hours, obviously not a great option, as you know. The things you need to ask are:

1) Is this a one-off occurrence type of situation or will it occur again, and possibly more regularly?

2) Do you know how to swap like for like with meals?



With regards to 1: if it was a one-off, you could easily get away with eating whatever was available and swapping it out for one of your meals...but I also know that you're trying to stick to a set diet which may be the issue there, emotionally as well.

If it is bound to be a regular occurrence, you will need to know how to swap meals with meals you cannot "track" in terms of absolute calorie counting.



With regards to 2: you need to be able to visualise foods that you can exchange...so, say you had 1 portion of potato (carb) and they're having rice...just take the equivalent; and do the same for meat/veggies etc.

If they're having junk food, and it's more concern to you, eat a small portion of it...it's not going to hurt your gains at all; however, if it's a regular thing, you may want to try and track it somehow...or...just take something portable with you, that's a good choice for people that know they will be away at set times where they can't get to their regular meals. Some people take a shake, others a protein bar, others a pre-prepared meal in tuppaware etc.



But, in theory, you're young enough and slim enough for any "errors" not to impact a whole lot if at all.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:43 PM   #3
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I'm 38 years old and have been training for 2 years. 90% of the time I eat only twice a day. I see my strength levels rising much more quickly than the young fellas in their prime who try to micro manage everything
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Meal timing, while it may help, isn't as important as consistently getting all your calories. I wouldn't sweat the timing, there are too many guys doing just fine on two and three big meals a day.
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The meal timing aspect, I don't use, so I'll let the others chime in on that particular point.



Concerning the 3 meals and a shake in 3 hours, obviously not a great option, as you know. The things you need to ask are:

1) Is this a one-off occurrence type of situation or will it occur again, and possibly more regularly?

2) Do you know how to swap like for like with meals?



With regards to 1: if it was a one-off, you could easily get away with eating whatever was available and swapping it out for one of your meals...but I also know that you're trying to stick to a set diet which may be the issue there, emotionally as well.

If it is bound to be a regular occurrence, you will need to know how to swap meals with meals you cannot "track" in terms of absolute calorie counting.



With regards to 2: you need to be able to visualise foods that you can exchange...so, say you had 1 portion of potato (carb) and they're having rice...just take the equivalent; and do the same for meat/veggies etc.

If they're having junk food, and it's more concern to you, eat a small portion of it...it's not going to hurt your gains at all; however, if it's a regular thing, you may want to try and track it somehow...or...just take something portable with you, that's a good choice for people that know they will be away at set times where they can't get to their regular meals. Some people take a shake, others a protein bar, others a pre-prepared meal in tuppaware etc.



But, in theory, you're young enough and slim enough for any "errors" not to impact a whole lot if at all.


Great advice there, thanks babs.


I thin the problem I have is that its usually quite late in the day that I workout. Like today when I was talking to you about it, it was quite late to just get ready to workout. I'd been out all day you see, first time I'd sat down.

Its a regular assurance to some extent, though this time it was a one off that I had to eat all that.

Really, its the last meal thats the late one, mainly on workout days.
I workout and it ends up being like 10:00 when I'm done, sometimes later but not usually.
I have my shake, and then realize I have another meal to have, and shortly I'd be going to bed.

So it adds up. There's a shake, couple of bananas, pb sandwich, and a tin of tuna.

I think its to do with management rather than anything else.
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Well thats reassurance then, thanks
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Meal timing, while it may help, isn't as important as consistently getting all your calories. I wouldn't sweat the timing, there are too many guys doing just fine on two and three big meals a day.
Yeah thats what I thought. I see allot of people not really bothering about meal timing and they're big as hell.

Thanks for the reassurance man.
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Great advice there, thanks babs.


I thin the problem I have is that its usually quite late in the day that I workout. Like today when I was talking to you about it, it was quite late to just get ready to workout. I'd been out all day you see, first time I'd sat down.

Its a regular assurance to some extent, though this time it was a one off that I had to eat all that.

Really, its the last meal thats the late one, mainly on workout days.
I workout and it ends up being like 10:00 when I'm done, sometimes later but not usually.
I have my shake, and then realize I have another meal to have, and shortly I'd be going to bed.

So it adds up. There's a shake, couple of bananas, pb sandwich, and a tin of tuna.

I think its to do with management rather than anything else.


One solution, unless you feel uncomfortable doing it of course, would be to take the PB sandwich and the 2 bananas with you...they're easily portable; that way you'd only have tuna and the shake to eat later on.

As I say, that's one solution, which will help in making sure you get all the food in and not having to eat a massive bulk load right at the end of the day; it does mean, making sure you prepare it before you go, so knowing what you're doing and where you'll be , ahead of schedule, would help a lot in that sense.

You could also, just have a couple of their bananas etc, if they're okay with it and you've forgotten your stuff.
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One solution, unless you feel uncomfortable doing it of course, would be to take the PB sandwich and the 2 bananas with you...they're easily portable; that way you'd only have tuna and the shake to eat later on.

As I say, that's one solution, which will help in making sure you get all the food in and not having to eat a massive bulk load right at the end of the day; it does mean, making sure you prepare it before you go, so knowing what you're doing and where you'll be , ahead of schedule, would help a lot in that sense.

You could also, just have a couple of their bananas etc, if they're okay with it and you've forgotten your stuff.


Yeah good idea.

I prepare most of my stuff in the morning anyway so everything ready. (A situation my OCD DOES actually help me haha )

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i don't do meal timing i tried it but i cant live my life like that so now i just eat 2-3 meals a day with a snack or two, i still gained size and got stronger.
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