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Most Effective Supplement(s) for Long Hours/Limited Food Intake?


#1

Due to the nature of my job (food+beverage manager) I’m always running around and on my feet so more times than not it is tough for me to get a solid several meals in every day.

For example, a common day would be:
wake up-
breakfast-
run/train-
post workout protein shake (met.drive)-

All this is usually completed by 10AM every day. After this, it’s a toss up meal-wise, depending on the work schedule and events that day. Hell, there are times where I won’t be able to eat a meal for 6-10 hours, so I throw an additional second protein shake in real quick during this time-frame to compensate for not being able to get a meal in until I can.

I know it’s not enough calories and I know I need more meals, but, wondering what I can supplement with during those long hours - I feel myself sometimes getting dragged down, tired, and recently workouts seem harder than normal. It sucks, but, it does come with the job I guess. Just trying to see how I can improve my supplemental nutrition to make sure no gains are being diminished.

Appreciate any help and advice - thank you.


#2

A little more detail about your size (height, weight, fat level), training, and actual goal (fat loss, size, strength, etc) would help.

But in general, for sure either Mag-10 or Metabolic Drive would be the best drinks to go with.

It’s almost an either/or situation and neither is really a bad choice. Mag-10 might be more versatile since you can have it while you train instead (Metabolic Drive isn’t really ideal immediately post-workout because of the slower digesting protein it contains). Though Metabolic Drive can be tossed into a blender to pack in calories (with add-ins like milk, peanut butter, fruit, whatever) so that could be more filling if needed.

If you can, you might also think about some quick poppable food. A hard-boiled egg here or there, half-an orange there. As long as you keep a running tally of what you’re eating, and don’t use it an an excuse to mindlessly munch on an extra 2,000 calories a day, light grazing like that might be useful.

But when you do get to eat, eat. Lifters have thrived on 2-3 big meals a day for a long time, so don’t necessarily panic if you can’t get in 5-6 feedings as long as you’re still eating well when you do eat. This article talks more about that.


#3

That is a great article and great insight as well Chris, thanks. Snacking throughout the day but also making sure I do eat well when I can for meals is something I’ll adopt and pay more attention to.

A little more info: I’m 5’11, 175lbs, fairly lean but unsure of fat level. Usually, I run some type of full body training regimen 3 days a week. I was never too big on split training because my gym days each week aren’t consistent if work gets a bit hectic, so I feel like full body I can cover everything and not have to worry about missing a body part. Couldn’t even tell you the last time I did splits. Off days are for some light gpp work, hitting the bag, walking, etc.

Primary goals are fat loss and strength, not size.


#4

One of the 2000 ml Nalgene bottles filled with Mag-10 (four servings) has saved my day more times than I can remember.