What’s the fastest healthiest way to calorie cram?
I do a lot of my workouts late at night. Lately, I’ve been hopping on the trainer at 11pm. I’ll get home at 12:30-1am and just want to brush my teeth and go to bed. But I know it’s a bad idea.
Right off the trainer I’ll usually have gummy bears and/or a carb drink and then a whey protein drink 20 min later when I get home.
I need some quick easy options. Cereal is ideal. But was out of milk so I used water… Oatmeal is runner up. At this point I feel like anything is better than nothing. Candy bars? Smoothie? Best if I don’t have to turn the stove on. What else do you do for a quick easy re-up on calories?
Yeah. I’ve wondered if “making up the calories” works. Or if it’s like sleep. You’ll sleep longer the next day but can’t really replace the lack of sleep from the night before. I think that was in a TR episode.
I had 2 big lunches the other day, which was a surprise because it was very easy to put down that much food without feeling stuffed. Probably not a good sign to be that behind.
Everything I’ve read is that proper fuel and recovery has a lot to do with timing, which is to say, when you eat in relation to your workouts can make a difference.
They say your body is in a state where it can more efficiently absorb glycogen for up to 30 minutes after a workout is completed. Then give your body another 30 minutes to just digest that before you put at least 30g of protein in. Then have a proper meal.
I’m just worried that I’m missing this crucial window of opportunity to refuel if I wait until the next day.
I’ve wondered about this too! I have always opted to have a real/full meal after TR workouts no matter how late it is. Mainly because I want to ensure I properly fuel to maximize my hard work and prevent me from missing future workouts. I am also curious if this is necessary (or potentially detrimental?).
On the rare occasion I don’t cook/eat a meal after the workout, my recovery drink is a blended smoothie with flash frozen spirulina, strawberries, blueberries, banana, pea or nut milk and whey protein. This is typically enough calories & sugar to tide me over until a big breakfast 7-8 hours later.
Not eating a candy bar. Put good fuel in your body.
I would avoid unhealthy options like candy. That’s go-slow food and terrible for your overall health. Have something good like oatmeal with berries, nut butter, banana, maple syrup or for cereal do Post Shredded Wheat.
Agree to some extent, Coach Chad has pointed out (to me kinda makes sense) in a recent podcast that (please excuse me, my best to recall what he said!) replacing calories isn’t simple as “the amount burned”, there are two fuel sources after all, sugars and fat as fuel. So a 900cal ride doesn’t equal a 900 meal … or a food coma
If I was in a late night situation, I’d prepare a big bowl of overnight oats (or Bircher) for the week. Use some soaked oats, greens & protein powder (if you like) in a smoothie post ride. Have a big bowl ready to go in the morning to ‘top up’ your cals. Pimp it out with bananas, PB and berries or anything really! Easy to go if you’re in a rush… I eat 1litre container worth for breakfasts haha:sweat_smile: but that’s after super early AM high volume workouts.
After all you need to sleep well and not slow down recovery by digesting a big meal before bed.
A frozen waffles are a great idea. I always forget about food in the freezer. My issue is that I wasn’t able to make it to the grocery store for 2 weeks and had to eat out every meal, which I love doing, but my restaurant options are limited for food at 1am. Currently restocked and should be good to go for another week.
I have this problem as well since my apetite after a hard ride is really low. Usually just rye bread with pb and bananas or a big serving (140g/5oz raw oats) of oatmeal. But replacing 1500-2000kcal is a hard task even with good on the bike fueling.
My daughter knows the recipe, no need to get the book out anymore - but I don’t remember it. It’s a buttermilk base, but we just use milk with a spoonful of vinegar instead. Eggs, flour, baking powder, oil. That’s it I think.
A home without a waffle maker is not quite a home.