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Will eating bananas at night fuel 6 hour excersize the next morning?


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Are there any negative effects of eating 2 bananas before bed then two in the morning along with cereal? do bananas even help with long lasting energy?

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Think about it this way.. Banana's are basically natural sugars, with fiber. Sugar is metabolized into fructose and glucose which our body uses for fuel. Glucose and fructose are carbs, which are metabolized most readily before any other fuel source. What is most slowly digested is fat and protein. So, while banana's are good for getting a quick burst of energy, they won't keep you sustained; you should pair it with a fat and protein to keep you fueled longer. Try having ONE banana instead of two with some whole wheat toast and a Tbsp of peanut butter. Good carbs, good fats, and good protein.

Negative effects of eating 2 before bed? Other than the fact you might not sleep well because of all the carbs/sugar, which may be an individual thing, probably not. Why so many bananas, if I may ask? Four bananas in 8 hours seems a bit much. If you're doing it for the potassium, why not go the route of prunes or dates or another fruit? Prunes actually have quite a bit more potassium than a banana.

Also, side note, your title says something about fueling a 6 hour workout... Is this a typo or are you really on planning exercising for 6 hours?? and if you are, for the love of God, WHY!?

For a 6 hour workout, you will need to ingest calories during the workout, starting about one hour into it. Bananas are common for that, but too much fructose will eventually give you intestinal pain and diarrhea. The gels (GU powergel etc.), based on maltodextrin, are time released and easier on the stomach. If you want to go more natural, cooked potato works good as a complex carb.

What you eat the night before won't make much difference, unless it is to account for a workout the previous day.

OGR

edit/add: the timing depends on the person, but after about two hours onto your workout, you'll want to include some protein in with your carbs. When your energy stores start to get low, you will be burning protein along with fat and carbohydrate.

Original Post by mowii:

do bananas even help with long lasting energy?

Everything you eat helps with long lasting energy.

 

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I work at a stable and I jog while bringing horses out clean out stalls and waters rake and sweep from about 7-12 then i do a dressage lesson at 12:30 so its a pretty long workout :p just difficult to keep energized throughout the day.

You're eating breakfast before you go to work, right?

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yeah of course today I had ONE banana kashi cereal 13g of protein and a piece of whole wheat toast with fat free strawberry cream cheese then another banana at 11 :D

4 bananas is sure a bunch of bananas.  Wink

Ditto to pretty much what everyone else said.  Bananas before bead really won't help much.  The ones in the morning are good mixed with some proteins like eggs or peanut butter.  Then take a snack!  Mucking out stables is a tricky time to fuel up, but I'd make that a priority and also eat something before your class.

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I work at a stable and I jog while bringing horses out clean out stalls and waters rake and sweep from about 7-12 then i do a dressage lesson at 12:30 so its a pretty long workout :p just difficult to keep energized throughout the day.

Very cool job. People who sit down at work should be jealous. 

Mostly I strive for "real" food, but in your situation, I'd carry a food bar or two in my shirt pocket, and the "Lara-Bar" is the most natural, real-food type thing in that category that I have found. There are just a few ingredients, no preservatives, and the nutrition list is incredible, even though they aren't "enriched." The packaging means that you could eat them without touching them, and they don't get sticky when warm.

OGR

Note: I credit my discovery of Lara Bars to a post from ambereva.

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Ooo thanks for the tip! I'll defiantly keep my eyes "peeled" for these! Mmm banana bread flavor! haha

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Note: I credit my discovery of Lara Bars to a post from ambereva.

This makes me very happy. Laughing

BTW, op: when I have a long workout in the morning (some of my workouts are 3-4 hours long) I do eat a lot of carbs the night before, and for breakfast. Not JUST carbs, but definitely carb heavy meals. It definitely helps me sustain my energy.

Original Post by mowii:

I work at a stable and I jog while bringing horses out clean out stalls and waters rake and sweep from about 7-12 then i do a dressage lesson at 12:30 so its a pretty long workout :p just difficult to keep energized throughout the day.

I've grown up with horses my whole life, and worked at a stable for a summer a couple years back looking after 80+ horses where I was either on my feet or in the saddle the entire day. Let me give you an average breakdown of what I did daily:

around 7am- roll out and turn on hoses to stock tanks (walking about 50 yards round trip through the fields. After that, I'd hop on the tractor drive it through the fields, set it on "cruise" (hay string tied to the steering wheel to keep it going straight) at a moderate pace while I jumped off the tractor, onto the flatbed I was towing with 1200lb bales, and kick off 2-3 flakes of grass hay at a time in piles for the horses. At times I'd have to jump back off, and back on, and back off/on again to turn the tractor in a U-turn so it wouldn't hit the fence while I was kicking flakes off. Then I'd have to repeat the process for several smaller pastures. Then I'd have to take the tractor after feeding hay and use the bucket on the front to scoop up a bucket load of alfalfa cubes to feet to the old guys in another pasture, and shovel it out in several troughs by hand. Then, I'd get a small break (maybe) where I would check messages for trail rides that day, or greet the day-campers as they started showing up. I'd also have to go back out and shut off the water, another 50 yards round trip. Depending on the day, I'd either have to start wrangling up/saddling 10-20 horses for trail rides (including walking out into the fields many many many times to get the horses which I would assume 5 miles of walking in a day), or wrangle up the daycampers horses, also about 10-15 of them, leading upward of 6 at a time. That's right, 3 horses in each hand. I'd then either take out 1, 1.5, or 2 hour trail rides, helping each person on their horse and getting all tack safely secured. Once we were out on the trail, I'd have to jog my horse back and forth from the front of the group to the back constantly, shouting instructions, etc etc. If it was a daycamp day, I'd be overseeing all the campers as they brushed their horses and help hand out saddles/lift their saddles for them. If we had the daycampers going out with a trail group, I'd have to saddle the trail group horses at the same time, usually 10 extra horses to saddle. I'd take out 2-3 trail rides a day, one in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. I'd then have to feed at night, same process as in the morning. I was the main hand that summer, since the other wranglers were present, but not efficient/reliable and I'd get stuck with a lot of the work. I live in Colorado, and nearly every day was 80+ degrees, and I had to wear a button down western shirt and jeans (obviously), so there was plenty of sweat comin' off of me. 60+ hours of hard labor every week, sometimes 6 days/week.

My point of this spiel: I would eat a breakfast to keep me full to lunchtime (around 1) of a bagel with cream cheese and peanut butter + coffee on the way there, and my dad (God bless him) would make my lunches so I'd usually have some kind of big sandwich with goodies to go along with it. This held me over to dinner time, around 6 or 7 when I walked in the door. I didn't count calories then, and really didn't care what I ate (there was a Chik-Fil-A nearby that I frequented often after work, walking away more than once with a shake) because I knew I was burning off the calories I was taking in like nobodies business. Not counting the fast food, I ate pretty healthy and what I did eat kept me goin' the whole day. SO, I think what I'm trying to say is that as long as you make wise choices with what your meals include, you won't have to worry about 6 hours in between meals. I wish I had thought of the Lara bar idea at the time, though! I probably could have used the sustenance.

Have a big breakfast with carbs, fat, and protein, and snack on a Lara bar/something else in your half hour break between sweeping/lesson time. Then after your lesson, you can have a lunch type meal if you want.

Have fun with your job, horses truly are "the" best ;)

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