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Joe B. was a member at ECC. He sent me this question earlier in the week.
Joe B. (red hoodie) and the rest of Team EEC @ 2011 Barbells 4 Boobs
Question:
Vin-
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A long time ago you and I had a discussion about pre-workout foods, and I was hoping that you might be able to clarify things for me real quick.
In our conversation, I mentioned that I was in the habit of eating an apple, banana, or one of those LaraBars before coming to work out.  In short, you told me that was stupid unless I wanted to send my liver into shock.  I know you gave me a more detailed explanation at the time, but I can't seem to remember it.
I've read a few things recently that actually recommend high-glycemic foods pre-workout, which is why I'm asking the question.  Trying to sort out conflicting information in my head.....
Any additional insight you have on this topic would be appreciated.
It was good to see you a couple weeks ago.  I'm glad you're back in the states, and I hope all is well.
Thanks for the help.
-Joe
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Answer:
Hey Joe,
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Some of it depends on the athlete's total nutrition breakdown, goals and the mental game.  The mental game can often be just as important as the actual feeding game for some athletes.

Honestly, I don't recall the exact conversation as I probably fried some brain cells in the heat of the desert.

I'm not a huge fan of mass quantities of fruit in the diet for the average gym goer. Most people clam "clean" or the good ole 80/20 eating pattern. The truth is that their nutritional pattern is probably closer to 50/50. Key here is the average person looking to improve body comp because they are metabolically broken. 200 g of carbs from fruit alone plus the additional from the starchy sources and the day's total may be far better suited for an athlete performing the high volume phase of training, long distance endurance athletes, or metabolic juggernauts.  

I am a fan of berries, cherries and other seasonal fruits (when tolerated).  Most people tend to get carried away with 3 apples, 2 bananas, and 3 oranges in a typical day. High glycemic foods allow for a spike in insulin levels and may create lethargy unless continually consumed during the day as well as during long training sessions. Based on nutrient timeing the pre and post workout windows would be the best place for those foods because of decreased likelihood of conversion to fat (if metabolically efficient and at levels that support activity not storage).
 
Much of the info is conflicting and difficult for 99% of us to make sense of. Really, try stuff out. If you look, feel, and perform better than before great. If not, tweak it up.
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Thanks,
Vin

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