Is A Workout Meal Before Weight Lifting Helpful In Boosting Muscle Building Results?

By: Francesco A. Castano


Nutrition is one of the most confusing aspects of muscle building, and many bodybuilders achieve terrible progress specifically due to serious diet errors. Those who aim to gain muscle mass are often curious as to exactly when they should plan to consume meals, especially in relation to the bodybuilding workout itself, with some aiming to ingest a complete meal prior to their workout, and others abstaining from food before an intense weight training session, with a feeling that more fat burning will occur when food is restricted prior to an exercise period.

Obviously, these conflicting opinions create much frustration for the bodybuilder who is pursuing maximum muscle gain, but there is a correct answer pertaining to eating before weight training, in that doing so is extremely beneficial for muscle gain. In fact, intensity must remain at peak levels for a workout to effectively enhance muscle mass, and this becomes difficult if not impossible for most when attempting to perform a weight training session on an empty stomach. For those who plan early morning workouts, this becomes especially problematic, as energy suffers due to the overnight fast, and even though performing a bodybuilding workout in such a scenario is clearly possible, intensity will suffer tremendously, which leads to disappointing muscle gain.

The best diet technique is to fuel the body with a properly balanced protein and carbohydrate meal prior to a weight training session, as protein is needed by the body for recuperation and to build new muscle mass, while carbohydrates are the primary energy source for intense workouts, and planning a meal with sufficient carbohydrates preceding a bodybuilding workout will allow energy levels to greatly improve intensity, propelling muscle growth to new heights. Some suffer from feelings of illness when consuming a meal in proximity to weight training, but this does not signal that a workout must be performed on an empty stomach, as the time between the workout meal and training can extend to the minimum necessary for a bodybuilder to train without any feelings of nausea, which will greatly improve results.

There are bodybuilders who must perform their bodybuilding sessions prior to work, otherwise they will either not have sufficient time for a workout, or are likely to become busy later in the day and avoid their weight lifting obligations, therefore, in such scenarios, it's far better to perform a workout in the morning without the advantage of a meal preceding such a session than to become inconsistent, but if there is any possible way to plan a meal at minimum 30 minutes before a weight training workout (60-90 minutes is preferred), then doing so will greatly assist in improving long term muscle growth.

Bodybuilding is not the most enjoyable activity, but the results achieved when following a potent training and diet plan are motivational, extremely worthwhile, but many experience a feeling of negativity towards their workouts that promotes inconsistency specifically due to poor nutrition, as the absence of an energizing meal prior to a weight training session can sap all motivation to train. Even those who aim to burn fat benefit from eating before their workout, as a correctly structured meal will not interfere with fat burning, and in fact, withholding food can slow metabolism and increase the risk of muscle loss, which harms physical appearance, and will negatively impact the overall speed of fat loss. Since many accept incorrect muscle building or fat loss diet advice found on Internet fitness sites, they become convinced that certain techniques, such as skipping food before a bodybuilding workout, is helpful to progress, when in fact, such methods are the very reason why many bodybuilders build muscle mass at a slower than expected pace, and those seeking fat loss burn muscle at an alarming rate, or find that fat reduction is far less impressive and dramatic than the initial expectations.

Do not allow hunger to become the determining factor for whether you consume food prior to a weight training session, as even those with small appetites are in need of nutrition before a workout, and there are a wide range of convenient, easy to consume and quick to prepare protein and carbohydrate sources that will make a meal prior to weight training enjoyable to consume, and very easy to digest.

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Francesco Castano authors MuscleNOW.com, a weight training program for muscle gain without supplements or drugs.

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