oswaldseymour wrote:

“I’ve noticed that most diets/ nutrition is tailored around the afternoon workout instead of the morning workout. Is there any difference between the two and how would a diet (cutting or bulking) look like if a person is doing workouts in the morning?”.

You highlight a very good point.


A lot of diets and exercise regimes do tend to assume a workout ‘later’ in the day and work the diet around that assumption.

As you point out, people workout at different times of day. Some people, due to commitments, can only fit in a workout at certain times, others prefer to exercise at set or periods, morning, afternoon or evening, some even in the middle of the night!

The diet (your calorie consumption) you choose does not really alter in capacity or content.
It does, however, change in the timing.

I won’t go into reasons but it is not advisable to participate in a moderate/heavy workout within 90 minutes of your last meal. I would recommend a 2 hour gap. It is also not advisable to consume a heavy meal within the hour after your workout.

So what about morning workouts? Working out in the morning can see an eight hour gap since the last meal. This is not really a problem unless you find you get light-headed or weak during your workout in which case it may be necessary to follow a body-builders routine (below). The human body has evolved to respond and work whenever necessary and at any time of day. Working out in the morning after an eight hour fast can at first feel a little strange but you will quickly adapt to the regime.

(In the world of competitive body-building were meal times and workout times are strictly regulated, body-builders will rise early have a snack and then return to bed, get up again and go the gym. Of course the body-builders regime is not necessary for most people.)

To conclude, total calories consumed throughout the day and night = weight gain or loss. Eating late at night before bed can feel uncomfortable but will not add excess body fat unless you have consumed more calories in your total for that day/week or month.

As I said earlier, oswaldseymour, you have highlighted an interesting point. We’re all different and we all have a favourite solution to the diet/workout combination. There are no right or wrong solutions, just ones that work for you. Experiment with different strategies. Drop the ones that don”t suit you and try new ones.

The important thing is to continue working your lifestyle managements and remember to keep it fun and novel.

Do as you have done here, ask questions do your research but remember to keep a sceptical eye on all information received.

Thanks for the topic, hope you’ll let us know how you’re getting on and what you have found works for you.

Take care

(c) Paul Graham