View Full Version : Do recovery meals count as breaking a fast?

Achintya Rana
08-20-2008, 06:35 AM
If I work out in the morning and then eat a recovery meal, would that mean I just broke a fast (and am eating breakfast)? Or should I just work out during my eating window - or am I just overanalyzing this?

My goal is fat loss


Mike ODonnell
08-20-2008, 06:44 AM
depends on the workout.....and yes eating implies that a fast is over.

If you are doing intervals/cardio/metcon type workouts for fat burning...then AM fasted is ideal.

If you are doing muscle building/resistance type workouts, then ideally that should have a pwo eating and perhaps even a small meal beforehand.

Muscle repair is not as important with the first type of workout than the second.....so it really all depends on what type of workout you are doing. For fat loss you should have both throughout the week (as you want to burn fat and you want to build muscle for long term fat loss)

Garrett Smith
08-20-2008, 09:36 AM
Yes, a PWO meal would break a fast and begin your feeding window.

I would suggest you workout fasted and do one of two things afterward:

-Fast longer if your goal is fat loss.
-Eat a solid PWO meal about an hour after your workout if you want to gain muscle.