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Before I started the 80 Day Obsession workout program, I wasn’t a huge fan of pre-workout meals. I barely ate anything, maybe a banana or apple if I was super hungry.

The 80 Day Obsession changed that for me. The first time I did a workout, I was drained by the 30-minute mark. I could tell that I made a mistake. I should’ve followed the program and had a nutritionally balanced pre-workout meal.

Here’s the thing. The 80 Day Obsession workouts are long and average 55-60 minutes. And because of the longer workouts, you really want to focus on your pre-workout nutrition to ensure you have the energy levels you need to get you through the workouts.

Keys to pre-workout meals:

  1. When to eat. You need enough time for your food to empty from your stomach so you don’t feel sick (indigestion or nausea are most common.)
  2. What to eat. You need to eat a balanced pre-workout meal that provides the body with all the macronutrients it needs.
  3. How much to eat. If you eat too much too close to your workout, you will feel sluggish as your body uses energy to digest food.

Now let’s go over how the 80 Day OBsession Timed Nutrition plan needs to be followed pre-workout.

The Importance of Your Pre-Workout Meal

Ever been so busy you forgot to have lunch? How did you feel at 2 o’clock? Pretty worn out I’d guess.

This is exactly why you need to eat a balanced pre-workout meal of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, vegetable, a small amount of healthy fat, and sometimes a serving of fruit. Eating the right pre-workout meal:

  • Allows you to put your all into the workouts.
  • Helps to prevent muscle fatigue and damage.

Luckily, the 80 Day Obsession program tells you exactly what type of foods you should be eating at the right times with its Timed Nutrition plan. This lets us work out at our maximum intensity levels for the entire workout with no surges in energy throughout.

80 Day Obsession Pre-Workout Rules

You need to eat your pre-workout meal 60-90 minutes before your scheduled workout. This will allow plenty of time for the food you ate to digest and not cause stomach discomfort during your workout.

Here’s what you get with each meal plan:

Meal Plans A, B, and C:

  • 1 Green Container of vegetables
  • 1 Red Container of lean protein
  • 1 Yellow Container of complex carbohydrates
  • 1 TSPof healthy fats

Meal Plan D,E, and F

  • 1 Green Container of vegetables
  • 1 Red Container of lean protein
  • 1 Yellow Container of complex carbohydrates
  • 1 TSPof healthy fats
  • 1 Purple Container for a serving of fruit

80 Day Obsession Pre-Workout Meal Ideas

Keeping your pre and post-workout 80 Day Obsession workout meals as simple as possible will help you get the foods your body needs without spending too much time in the kitchen, which if you’re like me is HUGELY helpful!

The best pre-workout meals contain foods that are quick and easy to digest. You want to avid foods that are high in fiber and fat when you get close to workout time (within 30 minutes.)

1.) Egg and Veggie Scramble: 

2.) Protein Breakfast Sandwich:

3.) Protein Smoothie:

4.) Chicken, Rice, and Veggies:

5.) Two Egg Omelette:

6.) Power Oatmeal Bowl:

7.) Homemade Protein Bar:

80 Day Obsession Pre-Workout Meals for Meal Plans D through F

If you’re following 80 Day Obsession Meal Plans D, E and F, you will also need to have a serving of fruit (purple container) pre-workout.

This is because at a higher weight, most people need more calories and the extra  glucose that the fruit supplies to exercise at a more intense level.

Short List of 80 Day Obsession Pre-Workout Fruits

Plans D, E, or F of the 80 Day Obsession meal plan require you to have a serving of fruit. While you technically could have any fruit, there are some that are better.

Here are some of my favorite pre-workout fruits:

  • 1/2 large banana
  • 1 orange
  • Berries (any type)

Any of these fruits are quick to digest, provide you with energy, and are good regulators of blood sugar levels. Fruit should be eaten alone if possible. I would try to eat your serving 30 minutes after your whole food pre-workout meal and 30 minutes prior to your workout.

The Right Order to Eat Your Servings of Food

Okay I admit I might be going overboard here and this is not mentioned in the nutrition plan at all, but being me…I feel like you should know since this program is ALL about maximizing workouts with the timed nutrition to get you the best results.

Some studies (link to studies) suggest that quicker digesting foods should be eaten first and fruits should be eaten alone.

Allow a gap of 30 minutes before or after eating a serving of fruit with other foods is best to allow the fruit digest on its own.

What are your favorite pre-workout meal? Please leave a comment below.