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Old 10-13-2007, 06:23 AM   #11
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although you'll want to watch out that you don't crash.
what do you mean?
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Malto/dextrose are types of carbs that provide you with extra energy for a short duration, so they're good for lifting (since most lifts don't take more than, say, an hour). But they're not good for longer types of exercise because then you "crash" after a while, as you'd expect with fast-acting carb sources. I still would recommend looking into 'em, though.
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Old 10-14-2007, 02:03 PM   #13
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Or, if you want (and this might work better), you could take that out altogether and put some carb powder in with your preworkout shake. I personally put in about 25g maltodextrin in my shake; that or dextrose should help you during your sets, although you'll want to watch out that you don't crash.

*when you say pasta, what kind do you mean?
okay correct me if i'm wrong, you mean to say that i should cancel out meal 1 which is:

2 cans of Tuna with mashed potatoes
Veggies

and add around 25g of dextrose to my pre-workout shake? i'll be really happy to do that 'coz:
  1. i've never tasted tuna before
  2. concerned about the mercury issue
  3. on a tight budget

and by pasta i just mean regular pasta...?
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okay correct me if i'm wrong, you mean to say that i should cancel out meal 1 which is:

2 cans of Tuna with mashed potatoes
Veggies

and add around 25g of dextrose to my pre-workout shake? i'll be really happy to do that 'coz:
  1. i've never tasted tuna before
  2. concerned about the mercury issue
  3. on a tight budget

and by pasta i just mean regular pasta...?
I would leave meal 1 alone. You're not going to be taking your pre/post workout shakes everyday. But I would do the malto/dextrose pre-workout on workout days.

I would suggest getting tuna in olive oil, its alot easier to physically eat than the ones with just water. You can substitute something else for the tuna, as long as your getting the macros down its all good.

Personally I use tuna if I'm running deficient for the day. If I've got 300 grams protein, but I need to hit 350, then I'll just grab a couple cans and eat them to hit my number.

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No, no, no, I didn't mean for you to cancel out meal 1. It's good, and as Kane says, you won't be taking the pre-shake every day. Tuna is also good - don't worry too much about the mercury stuff. I was just saying that
a) mashed potatoes aren't the best thing for you
b) a pre-workout carb is a good investment



As far as the pasta thing, it doesn't really matter, but I was just checking if it was, say, some kind of stuffed pasta, or whatever, because that can have other stuff in it.
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so basically on workout days, for my pre-workout meal i'm supposed to have a protein shake (48g) with dextrose (around 25g)? and non-workout days it'd look something like this:

2 bananas with 1/2 cup yoghurt
1 protein shake

(creatine in the morning)
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^^That should work out fine.

I wouldnt get too hung up on the exact details of your meals, the macros are the major thing.

The way I plan my meals is based on macros. So throughout the day i'll have smaller meals and shoot for X amount of protein, carbs and fat, and I'll have some bigger meals that I also shoot for a certain amount of macros.
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i hate to sound like a bitch but would cutting out meal 1 affect my diet? 'coz i haven't tasted tunas in my life! and i think they're a cheap source of protein? and i don't want have to have chicken breasts in meal 1 again... if that's the only option i can give it a shot. so temme?
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2 cans of tuna is about 40-50 grams of protein roughly. So its a good shot of protein from real food. Hit the grocery store and take a look at labels to see what the content of everything is. Milk is a good source, cottage cheese (although that cassein whey), any dairy or meat really. Hell even lunchmeat.
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Agreed with everything Kane said above about macros... and yeah, I also agree that you shouldn't get too hung up on the little things - like I don't know if you really need to whip out the measuring cup to get exactly 1/2 a cup of yogurt. Just make sure you hit your target macros and calorie count and you'll be fine.
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